2018 Tolaini San Giovanni Valdisanti, Tuscana IGT, Italy – WS95, JS94

2018 Tolaini San Giovanni Valdisanti, Tuscana IGT, Italy – WS95, JS94



50% Cabernet Sauvignon – 50% Cabernet Franc


Wine Spectator – 95 points

James Suckling – 94 points


(Pier) “Luigi” Tolaini is a real rags-to-riches story.  As a peasant boy he left Tuscany penniless and returned some 40 years later as a northeastern America-Canada transportation mogul and ultra-millionaire with a simple goal to produce Tuscany’s greatest red wines.  After four years of searching, he settled on vineyard sites just outside the prestigious commune of Castelnuova Berardenga in the southern most Chianti Classico zone.

San Giovanni is the name of Tolaini’s estate vineyard near the town of San Giovanni a Cerreto. In the church adjacent to our vineyard there is a painting by Rutilo MANETTI depicting Saint John the Evangelist (“San Giovanni”) offering to Mary, a chalice with a serpent, the international symbol of Saint John and chosen for this label to honor this historic land that bears his name.

The 2018 Valdisanti is very different from the 2016 version which was blend of 80% Sangiovese and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon.  This new release is without Sangiovese but blends 50% Cabernet Sauvignon with 50% Cabernet Franc.  SEE below – 95 points rating by Wine Spectator.

Valdisanti ’18 is true bona fide BELL RINGER!  The same organic farming practices, and care and attention to detail is given to the selection and laborious sorting and de-stemming process.  Fermented in temperature controlled French oak cask and stainless steel while macerating up to 30 days.  Then racked, blended and aged for 6 months on the lees in 70% new French barrique – 30% one year used.  Racked again off the lees and aged for a total of 16 months.  Bottled unfiltered.

“A vibrant, lively red, this boasts cherry, raspberry and floral aromas and flavors, accented by toasty oak. Deftly balanced and persistent, firming up nicely in the end, with terrific length and freshness. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2024 through 2042. From Italy.”  95 points, Wine Spectator Insider 12/29/21—BS

“Crazy nose of blackberries and red chilies follow through to a full-bodied palate with chewy yet polished tannins that expand in the mouth, giving it a velvety texture. Extremely long and flavorful. Turns compact. Give it time to open. Try in 2024” – 94 points, James Suckling.com (08/21/21)





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