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94pts Galloni; 93pts Parker; 93pts Suckling

2010 Super Tuscan World Class Great Buy

This is one the greatest all-rounders of the great 2010 vintage. From the spectacular 2010 Tuscan vintage, one of the greatest ever. Receiving huge praise by all that have tasted and priced correctly for what’s in the bottle. The 2010 Gagliole Super Tuscan is a thing of beauty a wine of great richness and opulence, made by the master Stefano Chioccioli, juicy and delicious. This wine has it all! Regular price $69.99, we can offer at $49.99. A full bodied red of the highest caliber!

94 Pts Antonio Galloni / 93 Pts Robert Parker / 93 Pts James Suckling

Documents mentioning the Gagliole Estate date back hundreds of years and there are countless ancient legends regarding this property, which continues to conserve memories of a distant time. A manuscript in the State Archives in Siena reveals that the son of the Langobard King Berengarius, who had fallen in love with the Tuscan countryside, bequeathed the Gagliole Estate to his wife in 994 A.D. The passing of centuries did no harm to the beauty of this estate which preserves the special character of this unique landscape. Ancient terraced vineyards tell the story of a carefully preserved landscape. The delicate balance between soil and climate is the ideal model for those who have chosen to cultivate this land respectful of nature and its rhythms. Gagliole is an impassioned universe of persons who are determined to bring out the best that the plants and land can offer. The ancient terraced-vineyards and perfect soil later combined with sustainable-farming techniques make the tiny Gagliole property the perfect place to grow Sangiovese. Here, nearly every aspect of the wine making is done by hand, which has been entrusted to world-famous Stefano Chioccioli; who in recent years has transformed their rather rustic wines into polished, highly rated, spectacular wines – Molto bene!

Stefano defines himself as an agronomist (the application of the various soil and plant sciences to soil management and crop production; scientific agriculture) before a winemaker. His attraction to the various disciplines to the world of agriculture later was immediately shocked by viticulture and for oenology immediately after. He personalizes its curriculum with the subjects more suitable for knowing the vine and the world of wine. He graduated with 110 with honors.

First employed at Ruffino (Chianti), Chioccioli has defined these seven years as formidable years because they allowed him to discover the complex issues surrounding viticultural and winemaking that would later prove crucial in his professional experience.

“My approach to the wine world begins with a viticultural approach; my work begins in the vineyard, the ultimate source of quality. When I begin working on a project, my goal is always defined by the land in which I am working, and the goal is always to find the right balance between the originality of the territory, expressed through its podiatric and climatic characteristics, and the techniques most appropriate to exalt it.”

The Sangiovese grape performs better here than anywhere else in the world because it can receive more direct sunlight, which is a major benefit of the many hillside vineyards in Tuscany. The higher elevations also increase the diurnal temperature variation, helping the grapes maintain their balance of sugars and acidity as well as their aromatic qualities. The juicy grapes were at perfect ripeness thanks to careful pruning and meticulous management of the greenery. During a Gagliole harvest, the tendrils are still pushed aside by the hands of men who then carefully pick the grapes and gently place them in crates. They use a sorting table to increase the quality of their wines. This ensures that only the best grapes find their way into our oak fermentation vats.

Reviews:

The 2010 Gagliole Rosso is gorgeous in this vintage. A rich, deeply spiced wine, the 2010 is laced with cloves, cinnamon, plums, licorice and black cherries. A deep, dense wine, the 2010 is loaded with fruit, but at the same time, there is more than enough structure to provide support. All the elements are very nicely balanced here. The 2010 is 90% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.” – 94 pts. Antonio Galloni (08/2013).

“The 2010 Gagliole (90% Sangiovese blended with Cabernet Sauvignon) is a dark and hearty Tuscan red with thick layers of black fruit, spice, leather and fragrant pipe tobacco that peel off with steady determination. The palate is marked by similar intensity and there is enormous plushness and richness that is both memorable and impressive. It’s a great effort from a fantastic vintage that promises a long life ahead. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2028.” - 93 pts. Monica Larner / Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate

“A wine with full body and lots of fruit and spices. Hints of chocolate and walnuts. So juicy and delicious. Wonderful balance. Blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now or hold.” – 93 pts. James Suckling (08/29/2012).


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