2016 Gagliole Valletta

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The 2016 Valletta, a blend of equal parts Sangiovese and Merlot from both of the estate's properties, is superb. Dark, rich and sensual, the 2016 is another gorgeous wine from Gagliole. The tannins need time to soften, but all the elements are in place to allow that to happen. There is an element of freshness that gives the wine its sense of energy and focus.

Antonio Galloni | 94 AG
The 2016 Valletta is an accessible blend of Merlot and Sangiovese in equal parts. The Merlot comes from the Panzano in Chianti area, and the Sangiovese comes from Castellina in Chianti. The wine is fermented in stainless steel (each variety is processed separately) and then is aged in oak, of which a part is new. The bouquet offers Merlot-driven tones of black cherry and sweet spice, but the freshness and brightness of the mouthfeel recalls the Sangiovese. This wine was bottled in May and will be hitting the market soon. Some 13,000 bottles were produced.

Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 93+ RP
Lovely softness and structure to this wine with currant and plum character. Full body. Soft, intense tannins and a flavorful finish. Drink in 2020 and onwards.

James Suckling | 92 JS

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Producer Gagliole
Region Tuscany: Italian culture worships the concept of a shared meal, and their wines scream for a chance to be uncorked with your friends and family. The region's Mediterranean climate and hilly landscape combine to create a beautiful viticultural environment, where every chosen grape is brought to its full potential and transmuted into drinks worthy of gods. The vineyards are planted along the higher reaches of the hill slopes, creating a gorgeous view of the Italian landscape.

Once your lips kiss the wine, you're sent spiraling down a veritable whirlpool of pure flavor, touching upon notes of sensuous cherry, nuts, floral hints and undertones of honey and minerals. The wines can be as sweet as a fresh summer romance, and carry an air of dignity and elegance about them that can stimulate your intellect for months as you contemplate the seemingly infinite intricacies and details in the texture. Tuscany is an important part of Italian viticulture, and sampling their wines is the closest you can get to visiting this heavenly region and experiencing the culture.
Country Italy: What are the first things that come to mind when thinking about Italy and Italian culture? There's one thing that nearly everyone tends to mention, it's the food - and where there's fine food, there is almost always fine wine. Italy is the most prolific wine region in the world, outclassing even France in terms of production quantity. Even if you're a complete wine novice, you have almost certainly heard of names such as Barolo and Barbaresco, Italy's most famous wine styles. When it comes to soil composition and other geographical characteristics, Italy offers a lot of diversity, and this never fails to show in the wines themselves.
Type of Wine Super Tuscan/IGT: Many grape varietals are planted all over the world so they're not typical for one single country anymore. For instance, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc form part of many blends coming from different countries. Super Tuscan wines are produced in this Italian region, but grape varietals used in the making are not indigenous - those are mostly Syrah, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Varietal Proprietary Blend: Proprietary Blend is a general term used to indicate that a wine is comprised of multiple grape varietals which are either “proprietary” to the winery or is blended and does not meet the required maximum or minimum percentage of a particular varietal. This also is the case for the grape’s place of origin, especially for region, appellation or vineyard designated wines. There are endless examples of blended wines which are labeled as “Proprietary Blend” and in conjunction with each region’s stipulated wine laws and regulations makes for a vast blanket for wines to fall into. Perhaps the simplest example is California; if a wine is to be labeled as Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, it is required to have at least 75% of the varietal (Cabernet Sauvignon) and 85% of the fruit must be cultivated from the Napa Valley wine district. If the wine does not meet the requirements, it is then labeled as Proprietary Blend.

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