Tolaini "Picconero" Tenuta Montebello Toscana IGT 2010 (Tuscany, Italy) - [RP 94] [JS 94] [AG 92]

Tolaini "Picconero" Tenuta Montebello Toscana IGT 2010
(Tuscany, Italy) - [RP 94] [JS 94] [AG 92]


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Notes from the Winemaker:

Tasting notes:
Rich, concentrated and muscular, yet wonderfully balanced with big tannins and deep tiers of cherry, plums and wild berries, and nuances of spice, vanilla and licorice. A long flavorful aftertaste echoes with juicy fruit and mouthwatering tannins for minutes afterwards. Sensual and young, this wine promises a long life in the bottle. Note: Some sediment may occur in the bottom of the bottle as the wine is not filtered.

Winemaking:
Grapes are firstly selected during harvest in the vineyard and then on the sorting table 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 in the tanks where the must is kept in contact with the skins for about 30 days; manual pigiage and remontage are done frequently, throughout the day every 4-6 hours and weekly one delestage is done.
Malolactic fermentation: French oak barriques (100% new)
Maturation: On fine lees for 6 months in barriques

Grapes: 65% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot
Yield: 50 qt./ha
Area of production: Chianti Classico, Tuscany, Italy
Soil: Lime and clay with a considerable presence of gravel size stones

Vine age: Plantings completed in spring 2000
Plant density: 6,900-11,000 plants per hectare
Production: 7900 bottles (2009); 16,500 bottles (2010); 15,500 bottles(2011)
Aging: 18 months in barriques, 12 months in bottl


Ratings & Reviews


94 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"A compelling blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, the 2010 Picconero Tenuta Montebello packs a powerful punch in terms of density and concentration. This expression is rich and chewy with dark cherry and blackberry as protagonist. Solid supporting roles are played by tobacco, spice and bitter dark chocolate. The 2010 vintage shows a superior sense of finesse and silkiness in the mouth. Picconero can be put aside for long cellar aging." - Monica Larner (Oct 2014)

94 Points - James Suckling:
"A wine with intense fruit and super-integrated, luscious tannins. This is a real mouthful. So much here. Currants and berries galore. A blend of 65% merlot, 30%c abernet sauvignon and 5% petit verdot. It goes from strength to strength. Try in 2016 to give it time to soften." - (September 4th, 2013)

92 Points - Antonio Galloni:
"The 2010 Picconero is a dark, brooding beauty. Savory herbs, tobacco, leather, smoke, black cherries and dark spices inform a powerful virile wine endowed with tons of depth. Mediterranean herbs, lavender and graphite develop in the glass, adding considerable aromatic complexity. The tannins are already pretty nicely integrated for the year, which means the 2010 won't need more than another year or two to be fully expressive." - Antonio Galloni (May 2014)