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Avignonesi, Cantaloro, Toscana 2011

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Avignonesi, Cantaloro, Toscana 2011

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The Avignonesi winery is centuries old and named for the Avignonesi family who founded the estate. Purchased by Virginie Savery a Belgian born lawyer who studied in Paris, in 2009. She wanted to keep the tradition of Italian terrior driven wines of Tuscany melded with biodynamic and sustainable farming practices. The high standards set many years ago are even greater now with fantastic results.
Avignonesi, Cantaloro, Toscana 2011 is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sangiovese. The Cabernet 75% and Merlot 20% are aged separately in used French oak barrels and the Sangiovese 5% is aged in large Slovenian casks. Then the wine is blended and bottled and is released after several months of bottle aging before being released.
The result is a well rounded easy to drink wine. Dark garnet red in color the Avignonesi’s aromas filled with tart cherry, wet slate, cedar, earth and leather. The full palate is dark red fruit with graphite and vanilla. Tart acidity balances the fruit and firm tannins lead to a long dry finish. This full-bodied wine has a soft edge to it and it is easy to drink. It gets better as it sits in the glass and the fruit can express itself more as it gets swirled in the glass.
Drink this wine with grilled meat straight from the grill.

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