Tolaini Cabernet Sauvignon Toscana “Legit” 2016

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“($45) An impressive red of breadth and depth, featuring black cherry, plum, leather, earth, iron and cedar aromas and flavors. This is solidly built and well-balanced, with finely honed tannins and lively acidity providing backbone. Best from 2021 through 2040. 15,000 cases made, 2,500 cases imported. 95 points.” –Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, Oct. 31, 2020.

Grapes
: Cabernet Sauvignon 100%

Area of production: Chianti Classico, Toscana

Soil: Lime and clay with a considerable presence of gravel size stones

Yield: 60 qt/ha

Vineyard technique
Vine age: Plantings completed in spring 2002
Plant density: 6,900-11,000 plants per hectare
Aging: 24 months in barriques (70% new and 30% used one year), 36 months in bottle.

Winemaking: Grapes are firstly selected during harvest in the vineyard and then by an optical sorter when they arrive to the winery; they are destemmed and the whole berries are immediately put into French oak fermenters.
Alcoholic fermentation: The temperature is computer controlled, the must is kept in contact with the skins for about 30 days where manual pigeage and remontage are done frequently, throughout the day every 4-6 hours and one delestage is done per week.
Malolactic fermentation: French oak barriques (70% new and 30% used one)
Maturation: 24 months in barriques, of which 6 months are spent resting on the lees

Tasting notes: The wine has a deep ruby red color. The nose displays hints of green pepper, licorice and graphite melted with oak vanilla flavors. Full bodied with a ripe fruit palate, LEGIT has the potential to age for a long period of time, which is typical of the Cabernet Sauvignon produced in the Castelnuovo Berardenga Area.

Wine Spectator: 2016 95 points