Volpaia Balifico 2018 / 750 ml.

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VN9696 pts. - Vinous - Sep 2021
The 2018 Balifico, Volpaia’s Sangiovese/ Cabernet Sauvignon blend, is fabulous. Rich and inky, the 2018 offers up a compelling mélange of dark berry fruit, dark spice, licorice and espresso. I especially admire the wine’s textural richness. I imagine the 2018 will drink well for many, many years to come. In this tasting it is a total knock-out.
SP9595 pts. - Wine Spectator - Oct 15, 2021
Alluring violet, black currant and black cherry fruit introduces this seductive red, with firm, pointed tannins and vivid acidity providing structure as this glides to a lingering, detailed finish. Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2037. 750 cases made, 200 cases imported. (Bruce Sanderson)

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Primary Grape: Sangiovese | All Grapes: Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon

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VN96 96 pts. / Vinous (Sep 2021)

The 2018 Balifico, Volpaia’s Sangiovese/ Cabernet Sauvignon blend, is fabulous. Rich and inky, the 2018 offers up a compelling mélange of dark berry fruit, dark spice, licorice and espresso. I especially admire the wine’s textural richness. I imagine the 2018 will drink well for many, many years to come. In this tasting it is a total knock-out.

SP95 95 pts. / Wine Spectator (Oct 15, 2021)

Alluring violet, black currant and black cherry fruit introduces this seductive red, with firm, pointed tannins and vivid acidity providing structure as this glides to a lingering, detailed finish. Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2037. 750 cases made, 200 cases imported. (Bruce Sanderson)

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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 98915
Product Type Wine
Alternate Name Volpaia Balifico
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Product Location - Location-Appellation Toscana
Package Size 750 ml.
Proof/Alcohol by Volume 14.5%
Wine/Spirit Brand Volpaia
Bottles per Case 12
Vintage 2018
Can it Be Shipped Yes
Premier Pick No
Spec. Designation Organic
Organic Description Made with organic grapes
Wine Type Table Wine
Wine - Color Red
Grape(s) Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon
Primary Grape Sangiovese
Dollar Sale (Y/N) No
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