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Castello di Volpaia Supertuscan Blend Toscana IGT Balifico 2005

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

The nose is tight but shows nice depth to the black fruits and integrated oak tones. In the mouth this is very smooth with moderately intense, somewhat brambly, blackberry tones supported by modest tannins. On the mid-palate there’s a hint of herbaciousness and slightly peppery red currant fruit that carry a cinnamon note on to the finish. The finish shows more tannic presence and if moderately long with a nice freshness to the flavors. An easy and bright Balifico. 89pts

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Castello di Volpaia:
Just as in the 12th Century, the village itself still plays an essential role in our wine and oil production. The interiors of its ancient houses, churches, underground passages and deconsecrated churches have been discreetly converted into wine cellars, bottling plants and olive presses up to the ceiling in the latest equipment and all connected by an amazing underground "wineduct." Thus... Read more
Just as in the 12th Century, the village itself still plays an essential role in our wine and oil production. The interiors of its ancient houses, churches, underground passages and deconsecrated churches have been discreetly converted into wine cellars, bottling plants and olive presses up to the ceiling in the latest equipment and all connected by an amazing underground "wineduct." Thus Volpaia is not just another magnificent tourist attraction, but a thriving hive of activity whose inhabitants are all directly or indirectly involved in the winery. Volpaia is committed to Organic farming and is certified organic for all its wines. But the environmetal project of Volpaia is much wider: - the genetical differences of all its indigenous Sangiovese clones are preserved into a special collection, a selected parcel were 22 different clones are grown on three different rootstock - all the winery i located within the ancient buildings of the village preserving the integrity of the architectural inheritage of Volpaia rather than builind new facilities - all the workers of Volpaia live in the village where the winery has ronovated appartmens for the employees Read less

Editorial Reviews for Castello di Volpaia Supertuscan Blend Toscana IGT Balifico

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065214,020
4.00 5
12/07/2009

The nose is tight but shows nice depth to the black fruits and integrated oak tones. In the mouth this is very smooth with moderately intense, somewhat brambly, blackberry tones supported by modest tannins. On the mid-palate there’s a hint of herbaciousness and slightly peppery red currant fruit that carry a cinnamon note on to the finish. The finish shows more tannic presence and if moderately long with a nice freshness to the flavors. An easy and bright Balifico. 89pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065214,020
4.00 5
Vintage: 2004 10/21/2008

One-third Cabernet Sauvignon, two thirds Sangiovese di Volpaia, a clone from the property. This offers up the classic scents of these Sangiovese/Cab blends yet even at this relatively high percentage of Cabernet it does not dominate the nose. There are balanced notes of leathery fruit and cool, crisp Cabernet notes with a gentle edge of tomato leaf. Gaining a bit more depth with air the lightly smoky, spicy chili notes of Cabernet become more assertive yet in the mouth the feel is that of the austere and sapid Sangiovese but with the deep black currant fruit of Cabernet augmenting the cherry tones of the Sangiovese well. This retains juicy acids and has good length in a rounder and fruitier style than the other wines. Definitely a crowd-pleaser and while perhaps as complex as the other Castello di Volpaia wines this is a bit on the smooth and polished side. 90pts


Member Reviews for Castello di Volpaia Supertuscan Blend Toscana IGT Balifico

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3.50 5
Vintage: 2004 10/23/2009

Rich, fresh and floral aromas of red fruit and leather. Flavors are smooth, mellow and warm, with lots of dark fruit, some drying tannins, leather and oak, finishing with a dollop of cherry cough syrup.


Snooth User: solomania9
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2004 10/23/2009

Big sweet zinny nose. Gentile and lean in the mouth with exceptional balance and a slightly medicinal long meandering finish.


External Reviews for Castello di Volpaia Supertuscan Blend Toscana IGT Balifico

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2004 05/18/2011

The nicely concentrated 1990 Balifico is a tightly knit, spicy, medium-bodied wine with an obvious influence from new oak. It requires another 1-2 years of cellaring; it should last for a decade.


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2004 05/18/2011

Dark red. Lead pencil, black pepper and cardamom aromas are enshrouded in a delicate oaky veneer. Very clean and fresh on the palate, with pure flavors of black cherry, blackcurrant, cedar and woodsy underbrush, and decent persistence on the smoothly tannic finish.


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2004 04/10/2014

Plummy, spicy fruit. Chewy, integrated tannins. Balance, fruit and personality.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2004 05/18/2011

Fresh and balanced, with blackberry and chocolate aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied, with fine tannins and a clean finish. Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best after 2008.


External Review
Vintage: 2003 09/23/2011

"The Balifico has a vivid ruby color with a dark purple tinge. The nose is elegant



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