2015 Villa Pillo "Cingalino" Toscana Rosso SKU #1284664


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65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc

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  • Mike Parres
    By: Mike Parres
    K&L Staff Member
    Yes, $11. will get you this beautiful bottle of 65% Merlot 35% Cab Franc! Fermented in stainless steel, this is as pure as it gets. I would call this a user-friendly Rosso with hints of old world. There are aromas of blackberries and flowers, and on the palate wild cherries and minerals with plenty of dark fruit that carries through on the finish. There is outstanding depth here not to mention terrific overall balance.
  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    K&L Staff Member
    Cingalino is not your average Tuscan red; no Sangiovese here it is a blend of 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc grown about 30 miles southwest of Florence. Aged for 6 months is used French barriques this wine is less about its varietals than it is about its place. The nose of this wine puts me immediately in Tuscany; the nose is full of spice, leather and splashed with hints of berry and chocolate but this is not a simple wine, it has real depth. On the palate you immediately sense this wine has structure, focus and it has a linear feel to it yet it spiced with berry and plumy characters and then the earth, leather and spice rise up in the finish. I would recommend some hearty food to companion this wine, a rich, tomato driven with lots of cheese or even a Burger fresh of the grill with all the fixins!
    Drink from 2017 to 2020
  • John Downing
    By: John Downing
    K&L Staff Member
    "Cingalino" is a blend of 65 percent Merlot and 35 percent Cabernet Franc that represents Villa Pillo's effort to blend French varietals without compromising their unique Tuscan characters. It showcases pure and lively dark cherry and strawberry flavors and delivers wonderful weight, persistence and finish. It's a classic Tuscan at a phenomenal price.


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