2013 Tolaini Legit Cabernet Sauvignon...$34.99
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This is broad and incisive, delivering black currant, plum, leather, earth and wild herb flavors. Dense and beefy, yet with ample fruit for balance, driven by vibrant acidity. This is starting to mellow but still has years of life ahead. Drink now through 2036. 15,000 cases made, 3,000 cases imported. — BS
Rated 94/100 The Wine Spectator
#26 on The Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of the Year 2019
You must try the first ever release of Tolaini's 100% Cabernet from the heart of Chianti! Usually this juice is blended in to Tolaini's flagship wine "Valdisanti" (a perennial 90+ pointer in its own right), but in 2013 proprietor Lia Tolaini Banville thought the Cabernet was profound enough to stand on its own. She was struck by the grace and opulence of the wine in barrel, and after bottling it rested at the winery for five years, allowing it to drink well upon release. Jazz great Thelonius Monk is on the label because like the wine, he was stylish, unique, and a little irreverent.
"LEGIT is a wine of power and finesse, an organically-farmed Cabernet Sauvignon made from hand-picked grapes grown in the prized San Giovanni Vineyard in the heart of Castelnuovo Berardenga. Here the gently sloping Tuscan vineyard and its gnarled vines mimic the angular melodies and dissonant twists of Monk's great masterpieces. "A wine born of soul and depth", a harmonious and unlikely marriage of American Jazz and Italian tradition that is as perfectly irreverent, as stylishly 'LEGIT' as the artist who inspired it."--Winery Notes