2019 Tolaini Valdisanti



Savory | Bold


Type Red, Table, Dry
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Variety Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc
Farming Certified Organic 2019 Tolaini Valdisanti
Alcohol 14.5%
Drink Date 2024 – 2033
Published April 2024
2019 Tolaini Valdisanti
Rating: Excellent

Very Good


Fruit, Earth & Oak Aromas & Flavors Pleasing Fruit and/ or earth aromas and taste The varietal character of the grape really gets your attention Stops you in your tracks
Complexity On the nose and palate, multiple sensory elements across the fruit, earth & oak spectrum More elements are in play, at more sensory-stimulating levels; a sense of place Each time you smell, each time you taste, you sense new, deeper elements
Balance Harmonious; not dominated by one element, like jammy fruit or oak The harmony holds as intensity builds A full chorus or orchestra , all in tune
Finish Some duration, a pleasant reminder Duration up to 20 seconds Duration exceeds 20 seconds
Primary Flavors
  • Blackberry
  • Black Cherry
  • Licorice
  • Cinnamon
  • Leather
About this Wine

This is a beautiful wine and a knockout Super Tuscan at this price point. Cabernet Franc is the parent of both Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and along with them is among the main grapes used in French Bordeaux blends; it lends savory elements and a touch of higher acidic brightness to this dark-fruited, bold red wine. Give this wine some time to open up or consider decanting before drinking.

Hailing from the Chianti Classico wine region just northeast of Sienna, the wine is deep ruby in color with a rich nose of dark red cherries, cassis, and licorice with hints of pencil shavings and cinnamon. Dark fruits continue to unfold on the palate, and despite the wine’s rich fullness it stays balanced, delivering fine grippy tannins yet remains juicy through the extended finish. This wine is easy to drink on its own or will pair easily with foods including roasted, herbed meats and hearty pasta dishes.

The wine is certified organic from vines planted in 2000. Grapes are first sorted in the vineyard and then again at the winery where they are destemmed and whole berries are placed in French oak fermenters for 25 days. The wine then spends 16 months in new French oak barrels, six months of which are resting on fine lees. The wine is bottles unfiltered to preserve flavors.

Tolaini’s Valdisanti vineyard; photo courtesy of Tolaini.
About this Producer

Tolaini Estate is located in the southern part of the Chianti Classico zone, just outside Castelnuovo Berardenga, and the wines here are known for their power and intensity. At their best, they also offer elegance and longevity. Farming is certified organic and sustainable. Tolaini makes a range of wines, from single-vineyard Chianti Classico selections to Super Tuscan blends, and has developed innovative techniques in the vineyard and in the winery to achieve optimum results.

Tolaini Societa’ Agricola S.R.L., Castelnuovo Berardenga, Siena, Italy; photo courtesy of Tolaini.