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EPISODE #99
Calvert Studios Owner Bill Reider & Super Tuscan
April 6, 2022
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Wines of the Night

2017 Tolaini “Al Passo” Toscana ($20)

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The Tolaini 2017 Al Passo is always an ambitious wine that takes the best of the grapes in its blend: Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Each give freshness, structure and textural fiber. Al Passo opens to dark berry fruit and plum, with spice, tobacco and tilled earth. This is a well-priced wine that promises lots of pairings, especially out of a Tuscan cookbook.

 

Wine Scores

Ben: 90

Tom: 93

Ava: 92

Bill: 89

2016 Collazzi Toscana Rosso ($30)

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Subtle aromas of forest floor, violet and pipe tobacco mingle with a balsamic whiff of camphor in this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The elegantly structured palate offers dried cherry, cassis and star anise before a coffee bean close. Polished, fine-grained tannins provide support.

 

Wine Scores

Ben: 89

Tom: 93

Ava: 91

Bill: 91

2017 Felsina “Fontallero” Toscana ($45)

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The flavors of cherry, strawberry and rose are pure, with a backbone of acidity and dense tannins for support. Iron and wild herb accents add depth as this red lingers, showing smoke and spice notes. Features a sense of urgency, driven by vivid acidity. The finish evokes energy.

 

Wine Scores

Ben: 92

Tom: 94

Ava: 94

Bill: 94