75% Cab Sauvignon, 20% Sangiovese and 5% Cab Franc
Wine Spectator 93
"Ripe, packed with black cherry, blackberry, violet, iron and spice aromas and flavors, this red is muscular and sophisticated. Beefy tannins shore this up, along with fresh acidity and a detailed aftertaste. Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2020 through 2028" BS
James Suckling 92
"Aromas of blackcurrant, blackberry and Chinese black tea. Full body with round and chewy tannins. A bit tight and lean but I like the focus and intensity for the vintage." JS
Wine Advocate 91
"The 2014 Valdisanti is a rich and generous expression. The base of the wine is Cabernet Sauvignon (75%), but Sangiovese (20%) and Cabernet Franc (5%) both play important supporting roles adding acidity and structure respectively. The wine wraps thickly over the palate with dense textual richness and generous flavors of blackberry, spice and cured tobacco. There is a pretty note of sweetness on the close that resembles candied fruit or cherry liqueur." ML
"The 2014 Valdisanti, Tolaini's Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend, is one of the most complete wines in this range. Cabernet-inflected aromatics are beautifully delineated, showing plenty of grilled herb, cherry, leather, plum, sage and menthol overtones. Persistent and expressive, with terrific character, the Valdisanti is strong in 2014." (Antonio Galloni)
The grapes for this blend come from the estate's San Giovanni vineyard. The grapes are manually harvested and then undergo a strict selection process; first as bunches and then once they are destemmed, the whole berries are transferred into French oak fermenters and a portion into stainless steel which undergoes temperature-controlled fermentation. The wine is then raised for 16 months in barriques (70% new), of which 6 months are on the lees. San Giovanni is the name of the vineyard in the valley next to the tiny hamlet of San Giovanni a Cerreto.
Youthful, rich dark fruit, berry and cassis aromas meld with notable French oak spice. On the palate, Valdisanti is full-bodied with deep but reserved fruit flavors framed by rich oak. The excellent balance of fruit intensity with fine tannins indicates a cellar-worthy wine.
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The harvested grapes, once debunched, go through the optical selection machine where the grapes must meet the preset criteria to pass through: any small, green or squished grapes and all debris are ejected and only the ripe whole grapes make it into the vats. The vats are cooled to 5C-10C (41F - 50F) and the grapes are added whole to each tank for a cold soak before natural selected yeast strains are added to initiate fermentation. Vinification at Tolaini is done in 26 stainless steel temperature-controlled tanks with a two chamber system, while the best grapes from each harvest are fermented in open-top fermenters made of French Allier oak (12 units of 4500 liter capacity), a time-proven touch that increases the complexity in the wines. The generous array of tank sizes allows for individual parcels of grapes to be fermented and stored separately. These batches are kept apart through subsequent barrel aging in new French oak barrels between 18-25hl before blending.