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2017 Toscana Rosso

Cuna di Federico Staderini
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Knowing what a finicky grape Pinot Noir can be, it takes a special personality to make it thrive in Tuscany, and Federico Staderini uses his agronomy experience, his passion for Tuscan history, and his incredible intuition to accomplish the feat. Seemingly weightless but densely packed with rich, complex flavors, this wine evokes oddly paired descriptors that in this case are perfectly apt: spicy yet velvety, crisp on the attack with a long, round finish, plums on the nose but sour cherry on the palate.
     Federico likens it to “the elegance and the levity of a sail blown by the wind on a luminous ocean.” Try it with homemade tapenade topped with an abundance of the best-quality olive oil you can get your hands on.

Emily Spillmann


Technical Information
Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2017
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Pinot Nero
Country: Italy
Region: Tuscany
Vineyard: 3.5 ha, Planted in 2004, 2005, 2007
Soil: Clay, limestone
Farming: Organic (certified)
Alcohol: 12.5%

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About The Region

Tuscany

Map of Tuscany wine region

Perhaps no region is tied to Italy’s reputation as a producer of fine wine as much as Tuscany. Since Etruscan times, viticulture has played a prominent role in this idyllic land of rolling hills, and the Tuscan winemaking tradition remains as strong as ever today. With a favorable Mediterranean climate, an undulating topography offering countless altitudes and expositions, and a wealth of poor, well-draining soils, conditions are ideal for crafting high-quality wines. Add to that the rich gastronomical tradition—Tuscany is home to some of the country’s finest game, pastas, salumi, and cheeses—and you have the blueprint for a world-class wine region.

This is Sangiovese territory; in fact, it is arguably the only place in the world where Sangiovese reaches a truly regal expression. In spite of a rocky history with fluctuations in quality, traditionally produced Chianti has reclaimed its status as one of the country’s most reliable, food-friendly reds, while the rapid rise of Brunello di Montalcino shows the grape’s potential for grandiose, opulent reds allying power and finesse. Traditionally-minded growers have stuck to using only indigenous grape varieties and employing techniques like aging in massive wooden casks known as botti, creating wines of terroir that shine at the Tuscan table.

Tuscan wines have had a place in our portfolio since Kermit’s first visit in 1977. While the names of the estates have changed, the spirit of those first unfiltered Chiantis he imported live on through our current selections.

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Terroirs

Great winemakers, great terroirs, there is never any hurry. And I no longer buy into this idea of “peak” maturity. Great winemakers, great terroirs, their wines offer different pleasures at different ages.

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