Valdisanti Tolaini Tenuta S. Giovanni Tuscany 2018
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Grapes Cabernet Sauvignon 50%, Cabernet Franc 50% Yield: 60 qt./ha
Area of production Chianti Classico, Tuscany, Italy
Soil Sandy with a slight presence of stones (tufa soil)
Vineyard technique Vine age Plantings completed in spring 2000 Plant density 6,900-11,000 plants per hectare Aging 16 months in barriques, 12 months in bottle
Grapes are firstly selected during harvest in the vineyard and then on the sorting table when they arrive to the winery; they are destemmed and the whole berries are immediately put into French oak fermenters and a portion into stainless steel.
Alcoholic fermentation The temperature is computer controlled, the must is kept in contact with the skins for about 30 days where manual pigiage and remontage are done throughout the day every 6-8 hours and one delestage is done per week.
Malolactic fermentation French oak barriques (70% new and 30% used one year) Maturation 16 months in barriques, of which 6 months are spent resting on the lees
Tasting notes 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. Note: Some sediment may occur in the bottom of the bottle as the wine is not filtered
95 points Wine Spectator:
94 points James Suckling: "Crazy nose of blackberries and red chilies follow through to a full-bodied palate with chewy yet polished tannins that expand in the mouth, giving it a velvety texture. Extremely long and flavorful. Turns compact. Give it time to open. Try in 2024. (10/5/21)"
92 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): "[$40 list] The 2018 Valdisanti is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Cabernet Franc. Vibrant and nuanced, it offers up an exotic array of blackberry, lavender, spice, mocha, new leather and licorice, all in a mid-weight style that balances richness and energy. This, too, is nicely done. Drink: 2023-2031. (Sep 2021)"