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An Affordable Italian Cabernet Sauvignon from Volcanic Soils


The Tommasi family has been producing wine since 1902 where they are located in Valpolicella. Since then they have expanded by purchasing and planting on additional estates. Located in Southern Tuscany the Poggio al Tufo estate has been owned by the Tommasi family since 1997. The estate is named after the hill it is located on which contains soils rich in volcanic tufo. There are 66 hectares of vineyards located at 350 meters. This is one of four wines produced from these vineyards. At $15 this is a pleasing buy that may be drunk right now. I have no previous experience with this wine so while it will certainly age for several year, I do not know how it will develop. This wine is available at MacAthur Beverages.

2009 Tommasi, Poggio al Tufo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Maremma Toscana IGT – $15
Imported by Rolar Imports. This wine is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from the 35 hectare Rompicollo vineyard planted in 1997. The fruit was fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel then aged for 12 months in Slavonian oak barrels. There is a subtle nose of purple and red fruit with a touch of perfume. In the mouth there is blue fruit flavor, greenhouse notes, and a bit of incense to this wine along with a modern mouthfeel. The finish is enjoyable with tart red fruit and ripe tannins. ** Now-2017.

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