2006 Caiarossa 'Pergolaia' Toscana IGT, Tuscany, Italy

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2006 Caiarossa 'Pergolaia' Toscana IGT, Tuscany, Italy

We had the 2005 Pergolaia in our Wine Club last spring and it was a huge hit. So huge that when we brought the 2006 in, those rabid Pergolaia fans eagerly grabbed bottles of the new vintage without hesitation. This 2006 Pergolaia is a blend of 90% Sangiovese, 7% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc and is once again a lovely example of what happens when a wine ages gracefully. The wine was aged for 14 months in two and three year old French barriques and large wood Botti before being bottled and resting in the Caiarossa cellar for more years. The overall character feels right in line with the 05 with savory and tertiary aromas featuring dried plum, old leather and air-dried cedar.  Flavors on the medium bodied palate lean towards dusty cherry and rhubarb. The wine finishes on a silky note and yet still shows its structure with more well integrated tannins than the 2005. Like its predecessor, this wine still has a long way to go but why not enjoy it right now?!

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