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2018 Toscana Rosso “Brendino”

Cuna

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No novelty or “international-style” Pinot here; this terroir-driven, (very) high-altitude wine is from grapes fermented in large, open fermenters to capture all the native ambient yeasts of this cool, forgotten corner of Tuscany. Violets mix with balsamic notes and exotic spice here. 

Chris Santini

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Technical Information
Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2018
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Pinot Nero
Appellation: IGT Toscana
Country: Italy
Region: Tuscany
Winemaker: Federico Staderini
Vineyard: Planted in 2007, .3 ha
Soil: Clay, limestone
Aging: Aged for 20 months in 228-L old barrels
Farming: Organic (certified)
Alcohol: 13.5%

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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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Living wines have ups and downs just as people do, periods of glory and dog days, too. If wine did not remind me of real life, I would not care about it so much.

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