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Cignale Rosso 750ML 2010
Sku: 22244
Product Rating
Critics Ratings:   (1)
Product Information
Country: Italy
Region: Tuscany
Sub-Region: Colli della Toscana Centrale
Grape Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon,Merlot
Type: Still wine
Reg. $79.99
Web Only Sale $58.99
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Deep crimson with garnet reflections, ample and elegant bouquet; extract-loaded, powerful, round, rich and well balanced on the palate, with a magnitude that speaks of the unique terroir; extremely persistent.
Vinous 89 points - The 2010 Cignale, Querceto’s Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot blend, offers considerable depth, but also comes across as a bit rough around the edges. Game, smoke, tobacco, leather and cedar open up over time, but firm tannins and wild, ferrous notes add to an overall impression of rusticity. Dark red cherries, iron, smoke, tobacco and white pepper add further shades of nuance on the close. The 2010 is certainly solid, but I would like to see more pedigree and personality, especially in such an important vintage.  (Sep 2015)

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Food pairing
Structured, rich dishes, red meat and game Serving Suggestions: Best uncorked at least 2 hours beforehand, and served at 18-20 C (64.4-68 F)

Like all stories set in the world of fine wine, the tale of Cignale actually began long before production began. Nearly a decade earlier: it was 1980 when Neil & Maria Empson decided they would craft their own Super Tuscan. Vineyard location was their first concern: the Empsons have always believed great soil and microclimate are the prerequisites of great wines. Another keen preoccupation was finding a partner they could trust and work closely with. Their choice fell on a wonderful wine producer and friend, Alessandro “Sandro” Francois and his wife, Antonietta. The Francois’ owned a historic estate in the northeastern portion of Chianti Classico, near Greve in Chianti - one of the region’s finest sites. The property was superb: elevated hillsides rising 1,320 to 1,740 feet (400-530 meters) above sea level, with a unique geological composition; Cretaceous-Eocenic polychrome schists, rich in manganese and alcaline-earth metals. The four friends entered into a joint venture agreement and in February 1981, they planted 5 acres with new, low-yielding clones of Cabernet Sauvignon from Bordeaux, and 1.25 acres of Merlot. Another 1.25 acres were planted with Cabernet Sauvignon grafted onto 20-year-old Sangiovese vines to give some extra depth to the new wine. One of the first, experimental harvests (1983) incurred in a not-so-little contretemps when the entire crop was wiped out by wild boars. The silver lining was, the Empsons now had a name for their wine: Cignale, old Tuscan dialect for cinghiale or “wild boar”. Cignale was finally released in 1990, with the 1986 vintage. The wine had spent 2 years in 75% new barriques and 25% used ones; in February 1989, Neil made the final component blend with a small percentage of Sangiovese Grosso, then left the wine in stainless steel until bottling in July 1989, unfiltered. His artist wife, Maria Gemma Empson, designed the labels, which feature a series of six pen and ink drawings depicting Cignale’s first, bristly fans.

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