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Avignonesi Cantaloro Toscana 2012

Avignonesi Cantaloro Toscana 750ml 2012   
Sku: 1900224

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Avignonesi is one of the oldest wineries in Italy. Like many historic estates, the origins of this emblematic winery parallel the movements of the Catholic Church. In 1377, when Pope Gregory XI moved the papal residence from Avignon back to Rome, one of the noble families who followed him to Italy eventually settled in Montepulciano, Tuscany and founded Avignonesi. Although it’s not quite clear when the family built the cellars, they are the foundation for Palazzo Avignonesi which was built in the mid-16th century. The recent renaissance of Avignonesi coincides with two particular milestones. When the Falvo brothers bought the property in 1974, they not only invested in much-needed repairs, but also redirected monies to improving viticulture and promoting indigenous varieties. More recently, in 2009 when Belgian businesswoman and minority stakeholder Virginie Saverys gained full control of the property, she immediately instigated a detailed geographical study of the property to discover the potential of this terroir. The results revealed previously unknown and important facts regarding soil diversity. Armed with this knowledge, Virginie and her team evaluate the unique characteristics of each parcel to determine the most suitable farming, vinification, pruning and planting methods. Under the watchful stewardship of the winemaking team, all 345 acres are farmed organically and the estate has applied for official certification. Today Avignonesi owns seven different properties, all of which sit at nearly 1,000 feet above sea level. The largest holding, Le Capezzine is comprised of a traditional vinsantaia and four different plots, (I Poggetti, Le Badelle, El Grasso and Banditella vineyards) which provide the grapes for Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. The La Selva and La Lombarda parcels are located in Cortona and planted with Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. The impact of origin in the creation of flavor is a fundamental premise to the minimalist winemaking philosophy at Avignonesi. Just as Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Vin Santo are considered benchmarks for its category so are the efforts of Virginie and her team as they strive to produce wines that offer authentic and inimitable expressions of terroir, vintage and varietal.

Tasting notes
This approachable, medium-bodied red offers fresh and bright expressions of ripe red fruit, cherries and forest strawberries. The generous, even succulent concentration of the finish is sustained by impressive length and excellent acidity.

Technical notes
(Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Sangiovese). Estate fruit from 10-40 year old vines planted in I Pogetti, La Lombarda and La Selva was harvested in different passes to ensure physiological ripeness. The grapes were macerated on their skins for two days and fermented in stainless steel tanks for 10 days. The wine matured for five months Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot matured in neutral oak barriques, the Sangiovese matured in large oak casks.

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Country: Italy
Region: Tuscany
Sub-Region: Toscano
Grape Varietal: Italian Red Blend
Type: Still wine
 
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