Tolaini Picconero | Tenuta Montebello 2009 / 750 ml.

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RP9393 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 28th Aug 2013
Styled after the great wines of Bordeaux, the 2009 Picconero represents a blend of Merlot (65%), Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot from the estate’s Tenuta Montebello. The wine opens with an inky dark appearance and follows to the nose with dark fruit, blackberry preserves, prune, tobacco and leather. Again, like the other wines of this estate, what really stands out is how elegantly these wines perform in the mouth. Picconero is tight and structured, but never heavy or sticky. Lingering tones of cigar box and Indian spice add complexity to the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2014–2025.

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Primary Grape: Merlot | All Grapes: 65% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot

Italy | Tuscany | Toscana

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RP93 93 pts. / Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate (28th Aug 2013)

Styled after the great wines of Bordeaux, the 2009 Picconero represents a blend of Merlot (65%), Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot from the estate’s Tenuta Montebello. The wine opens with an inky dark appearance and follows to the nose with dark fruit, blackberry preserves, prune, tobacco and leather. Again, like the other wines of this estate, what really stands out is how elegantly these wines perform in the mouth. Picconero is tight and structured, but never heavy or sticky. Lingering tones of cigar box and Indian spice add complexity to the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2014–2025.

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Region / Tuscany

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There are few regions as picturesque as Italy's Tuscany. And there are few regions that produce finer wines, either. Tuscany is home to legendary wine regions Brunello di Montalcino and Chianti, among others, where the red wine grape Sangiovese is king. It's also home to "Super Tuscans," a category of Tuscan wines that don't officially fall within the Italian wine classification system.

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Italy is famous for its powerful, sleek, and elegant reds wines from ancient growing areas with legendary names such as Chianti, Barolo, Barbaresco, Montepulciano. Italian white wines are also gaining popularity: Orvieto, Pinot Grigio, and Sauvignon are excellent examples of Italian white wines.

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SKU 77190
Product Type Wine
Alternate Name Tolaini Picconero
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Product Location - Location-Appellation Toscana
Package Size 750 ml.
Wine/Spirit Brand Tolaini
Bottles per Case 12
Vintage 2009
Can it Be Shipped Yes
Premier Pick No
Wine Type Table Wine
Wine - Color Red
Grape(s) 65% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot
Primary Grape Merlot
Dollar Sale (Y/N) No
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SP9595 pts. - Wine Spectator - Oct 31, 2020
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.
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A bold, juicy wine, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Legit offers plenty of immediacy. Dried herbs, tobacco and blackberry give this mid-weight Cabernet a good deal of aromatic complexity to play off its mid-weight structure.

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SP9494 pts. - Wine Spectator - Oct 31, 2021
Well-defined black cherry and blackberry flavors are shaded by notes of rosemary, eucalyptus, iron and tobacco in this firm and complex red, which shows lovely balance and grip on the lingering aftertaste. Best from 2023 through 2036. 10,000 cases made, 8,000 cases imported. (Bruce Sanderson)
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The 2018 Legit is a bold, punchy wine that marries varietal aromas and flavors with Castelnuovo Berardenga richness. It’s a combination that works quite well. Blue/black fruit, gravel, spice, dried herbs, lavender and chocolate are front and center in this juicy, open-knit Cabernet Sauvignon. (Antonio Galloni)

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JS9494 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Monday, August 8, 2022
Pretty aromas and flavors of currants, asphalt and bark fill the glass. It’s medium-to full-bodied with creamy tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Unfiltered. Drink in 2024 and onwards.
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A polished red, this offers plum, blackberry, black currant, leather and a hint of wild herb aromas and flavors. Balanced and harmonious, with refined tannins gracing the long, iron-tinged finish. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2024 through 2040. 4,200 cases made, 3,000 cases imported. (Bruce Sanderson)

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This is a 100% expression of Sangiovese that was fermented in large oak casks and aged in stainless steel (for six months) followed by 16 months in tonneaux. The 2014 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Montebello Sette is truly elegant and beautiful despite everything you may have heard about this challenging vintage. The wine reaches for a level of finesse and nuance that can only be achieved when the winemaking team is pushed to obtain the highest quality despite adverse conditions. The fruit is generous, round and supple. Delicate notes of licorice, cola and crushed rock add to the complexity. Some 15,000 bottles were made.

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Tolaini Picconero | Tenuta Montebello 2015 / 750 ml.

Tenuta Montebello
2015 / 750 ml.

Item #: 96154

RP9595 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 19th Sep 2019
The 2015 Picconero Tenuta Montebello is a blend of 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc that pours out lots of dark fruit and plum. This is a very nice, juicy and balanced wine with good thickness, a great match for iron steak and blue cheese butter sauce. In general, I’ve found these wines from Tolini to be top notch, with succulent tones of ripe fruit and pretty intensity. This one is at the top of the pyramid, and I’m guessing 2016 in particular could be even better. They released about 9,000 bottles of this vintage.
JS9393 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Thursday, November 7, 2019
Aromas of violets, lavender and blackberries follow through to a full body with firm and chewy tannins. A lot of wood showing now, but will come together with age. Try after 2021.
SP9393 pts. - Wine Spectator - Oct 15, 2019
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The 2015 Picconero, 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, is powerful and super-concentrated in feel. Dark fruit, chocolate, mocha, leather, licorice and smoke flavors abound. I admire the wine’s depth and overall persistence, even if the tannins are likely to always be equally prominent. This is a decidedly heavily-extracted style. It is possible the formidable tannins will soften in time.

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