Al Passo Toscana IGT 2017
Al Passo Toscana IGT 2017
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Al Passo Toscana IGT 2017

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The name of this wine comes from the passo found in the circular forest at the highest point of the Montebello vineyard where an Estruscan tomb was uncovered only a few years ago. From here there is a clear view of Montepulciano, Montalcino, and the tower of Piazza del Campo in Siena. This has clearly been a magical place for centuries, which adds to the mystique of this passo. Grapes are first selected during harvest in the vineyard and then on the sorting table when they arrive at 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 wine spends 6 months on the lees in French oak fermenting tanks and in French oak barriques (20 percent new and 80 percent used one year) and then 8 months in barriques (20 percent new).

Grape varieties: Equal parts Sangiovese, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon

Altitude: 320m ASL

Vineyard age: 20-year-old vines

Exposure: South

Soil: Lime and clay, with a considerable presence of gravel

Alcohol: 14.5%

Tasting Notes: Spicy notes of oak rise above distinct aromas of cherry and berry. The palate has a backbone of Sangiovese, a roundness of Merlot and enhanced body from the Cabernet Sauvignon. The fruit purity and varietal signatures are a testament to the meticulous care given to the vines.

Press Notes: 

94 Points, James Suckling, Top 100 Value Wines of 2020

92 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media

 

Varietal

Red blend

Region

Tuscany