I Balzini White Label Colli della Toscana Centrale IGT 2009
By Wine Spectator
I BALZINI Colli della Toscana Centrale White Label 2009
Release Price: $54
Issue: Oct 31, 2012
A pure beam of raspberry, violet, cherry, spice and mineral, with a gentle dose of oak for support. Elegant and harmonious, though requires time to unwind. Shows fine intensity and length. Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2014 through 2027. 1,700 cases made. -BS
By James Sucking
I Balzini Toscana White Label
Date: November 26th, 2012
Tasting Note: Fascinating aromas of licorice, blackberries and Indian spices follow through to a full body, with velvety tannins and a chocolate, berry aftertaste. Needs another year or two to come together in the bottle. Blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon.
I Balzini White Label Dai Colli Della Toscana Centrale IGT
Grapes: Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon.
Soil: Pliocene origin, sedimentary structure alternated by yellow sand and clay. Considerable presence of sea fossils.
Microclimate: Temperature - Warm: From middle to intense rain precipitation, cold winter whereas summers are slightly warm or warm with sunsets particularly sunny due to specific exposure to west.
Exposure: South - West with vine rows facing North-South.
Growing Technique: Cordone speronato with a very careful pruning of the vines. Grape selection and lessening of the grapes during maturation with a second selection during the harvest. Manual harvest using small boxes to avoid damages to the grapes during the transport from the vineyard to the cellar. Final grape selection in the cellar using a special belt conveyor.
Vinification: Maceration at 26-28'C for about two weeks and complete malolactic fermentation.
Refining: In French oak barriques for about 12 months and final aging in bottle for 18 months.
Accompaniments: Excellent with barbecue, red meet cooked in over and middle seasoned cheese.
Special Characteristics: Intense wine, elegant and representative of the territory.
Advice: Wine with a long life which could be aged for 15-20 years. We suggest tasting the wine at 16-18'C using a big goblet for Chianti Classico.
Visual Examination: Intense ruby red with big a concentration.
Nose: Complex scents of berries and black cherry. Notes of hot spices combined with refined hints of tobacco and violet.
Taste: Full body and warm. Complex and powerful tannins, characterized by a growing softness. Very long after taste absolutely coherent with olfactory notes.
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