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Tenute Folonari Cabreo Il Borgo Toscana IGT 2009

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Ripe blackberry and plum notes pick up hints of earth and tobacco as this beefy red unleashes its dense tannins. Should come together with short-term aging. Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Cabreo Il Borgo

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Just above Greve in the Chianti region, the Cabreo holdings include 50 hectares planted to Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon grown to produce Cabreo Il Borgo. Chianti’s famed stony soils are ideal for making wines with great aging potential. At 300 meters in elevation, the densely planted vineyards produce low yields of grapes with concentration and complexity. Fermentation at controlled temperature with extended maceration enhances the wine’s rich body, color and texture. After malolactic fermentation, the wines were blended and matured in French oak barrels (30% new, 40% one-year-old, 30% two-year-old) for 16 months, racked every 3 months, and spent at least 6 months in bottle before release. 2009 was a challenging vintage but one of the best in recent years. The cool spring was long and very wet. After the rains delayed the vegetative cycle, June brought very hot conditions that accelerated the development of buds and leaf canopies such that clusters and fruit set varied widely across vineyards. High summer temperatures delayed phenolic maturation, but ripeness levels greatly improved by mid-September and phenolic ripeness progressed through mid-October. The harvest was delayed, but favorable temperatures and a lack of rain produced excellent grapes. Has aristocratic aromas and flavors of black fruits, forest undergrowth and leather, which enhance a polished, velvety character on the palate, before firm but noble tannins. This wine pairs well with roast beef, venison, boar and other game, and aged hard cheeses.
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