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2016

Vallepicciola Pievasciata

Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese

Tuscany

13.5 Alcohol

Introduction

New Vintage! This wine was previously featured in the store, but is back by popular demand! When you decide to break a few rules, you can make extraordinary wine. This is the essence of many of the great red blends of Tuscany. The winery, Vallepicciola, is located in Pievasciata, which is a small area within the Chianti region, just north of Siena. Although part of the Chianti wine region, it doesn’t follow the Chianti wine laws. Instead of only using indigenous grape varieties and ensuring the blends contain primarily Sangiovese, winemakers have discovered the advantage of using international grape varieties, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon. Some of the tastiest, long-lived wines in Toscana use traditional Bordeaux grape varieties, often blended with Sangiovese. This is one such wine. Wines that do not follow Chianti's traditional production rules, and are labeled as IGT are referred to as "Super Tuscan". The first Super Tuscan wine, Tignanello, was produced in 1971, although the name was coined about a decade later. This wine spurred the popularity of the then, unconventional blend. This wine is brand new to our market, you are some of the first people to enjoy this Tuscan gem! Production on this wine is quite small, only approximately 16,000 bottles are produced so we’re lucky to get our hands on it. Serve at room temperature (about 20 C). Drink now until 2023.


How it looks

Deep ruby and almost completely opaque right to the rim. Tears/legs indicate a medium bodied wine.

How it smells

A fresh smelling wine with lots of dark berry flavours, and complimenting liquorice notes. Aromas of blackcurrant, violets, green leaf, Swedish berries and root beer all add layers and complexity.

How it tastes

Tuscany's rolling hills add to the ideal climate provided to both Sangiovese and international varietals grown here. The diurnal temperature from the elevation of the vineyards keep the grapes' sugars, acidity and aromatics poised and balanced. The tannins grip your teeth and gums while the acidity makes your mouth water, giving the lots of structure to carry the bright, rich flavours. There’s a freshness on the palate that you also get on the nose, that may remind you of black raspberries and fresh, leafy herbs.

Recommended food pairing

If it grows together, it goes together! This Italian wine is a winner with Italian cuisine. You’ll find it pairs best with tomato-based meals like Caprese salad, spaghetti and meatballs or an Italian pizza with spicy sausage, Roma tomatoes and mozzarella.

2016Vallepicciola Pievasciata

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