Tolaini - Al Passo Toscana 2016
Tolaini - Al Passo Toscana 2016 (89+ TSW)
Recently I tried the Tolaini Chianti Classio "Vallenuova" wine so now I was ready for their "Al Passo Toscana" 2016.
A blend of 34% Sangiovese, 33% Merlot and 33% Cabernet Sauvignon. Yes. We are talking about a SuperTuscan.
On the label you can find a symbol from the ancient alphabet of the Etruscans and is equivalent to our modern letter "T" to honor the connection of the ancient with the modern is carved into a 3-meter high stone quarried from the vineyard and is proudly placed at the gate of the Estate.
About the wine:
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 stainless steel fermentation tanks and a portion into French oak fermenters.
The temperature is computer controlled in the tanks where the must is kept in contact with the skins for about 20-25 days where remontage occurs every 6-8 hours and one delestage is done per week. Malolactic fermentation in French oak fermenting tanks and in stainless seel tanks.
Maturation on the fine lees for 6 months in barriques and oak fermenters, 8 months in barriques (20% new)
My tasting notes:
This wine needed decanting for two hours. Much longer than the Chianti Classico.
In the glass a deep ruby red color with purple edges.
On the medium+ nose aromas of dark cherries, blackberries and plums with hints of smoke, cedar, black pepper and tobacco.
On the palate dry, full-bodied with medium+ acidity and medium+ tannins. Flavours of black fruit, baking spices, vanilla and chocolate with a medium+ smoky finish. A lot of potential for this Tuscan blend and will get better in the coming years. Good price point!