If you love the more generous side to Cabernet Sauvignon, we think you'll find Tolaini's 2018 "Legit" to live up to its name. A long growing season led to a full-bodied and layered wine, with juicy floral-tinged dark fruits (blackberry, black cherry), fresh herbs (mint, rosemary/thyme), a thread of char, along with baking spices from the rich - almost chocolatey - oak. The core of tangy ripe fruit is softly framed by gently grippy tannins, completing the signature qualities that've made Tuscan Cabernet Sauvignon popular around the world. You can enjoy this on its own, but it would be delicious with a rib roast or ribeye!
The Tolaini winery represents a modern expression of an ancient winemaking land. It was a natural fit for proprietor Pierluigi Tolaini, who returned to his Tuscan homeland after building a lucrative transportation business in North America. He found a beautiful property in the warmer part of the Chianti Classico hills around Castelnuovo Berardenga, an area that excels at growing generously-fruited Cabernet Sauvignon that tends to be sleeker and more vibrantly structured compared with the opulence of coastal Tuscany (including Bolgheri). With the help of famous Bordeaux-based consultant, Michel Rolland, they form those grapes into the polished, rich and complex "Legit!" Organically Farmed.
WINE SPECTATOR 94 POINTS - "Well-defined black cherry and blackberry flavors are shaded by notes of rosemary, eucalyptus, iron and tobacco in this firm and complex red, which shows lovely balance and grip on the lingering aftertaste. Best from 2023 through 2036."