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2006 Terralsole Pasticcio

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June 16, 2024 - $20

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RATINGS

17Jancis Robinson

55% Cabernet Franc, 30% Merlot, 15% Sangiovese. Dark fruit with a touch of menthol... Lovely depth of sweet, dark fruit on the palate with an attractive note from the oak. Firm tannins on a very long finish. Lovely balance and length.

PRODUCER

Terralsole

Terralsole was founded in 1996 by Mario Bollag, a Swiss-born entrepreneur and adventurer who worked as a ski instructor in California, and a pilot in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean before starting his own San Francisco-based tour business. But a stint as an art student in Florence decades earlier left him longing for northern Italy, and in the 1990s he bought a farmhouse and property just outside of Montalcino and started producing Brunello. Wine Enthusiast has called Terralsole’s Brunellos “modern and deeply layered…” and rated them in the mid-90s.

REGION

Italy, Tuscany

Tuscany, or Toscana in Italian, is Italy’s best-known wine region and its most diverse. Historically Sangiovese was the primary grape grown in Tuscany and Chianti was considered the purest expression of Sangiovese. Sangiovese and its many clones are still important, and they are the grapes used for the Tuscan appellations of Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Morellino di Scansano, Chianti, Chianti Classico and Carmignano. But in the last 50 years innovative producers, many of them in southwestern Tuscany in the area called Maremma, have also planted Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. The tradition defying producers have blended those varietals with Sangiovese to produce dazzling wines that do not conform to Italy’s appellation regulations. Such wines are called Super Tuscans and cannot be labeled with either of Italy’s highest level quality designations, which are in order of status Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantia, (DOCG), and Denominazione di Origine Controllata, (DOC). (This has not at all hindered the demand for Super Tuscans, some of which are consistently among the world’s most admired and well-reviewed wines.) Tuscany has six DOCG appellations and thirty-four DOCs. Though famous for its red wines, Tuscany also produces whites made primarily from Trebbiano and Vernaccia. There are also many Tuscan Indicazione Geographica Tipica (IGT) wines that are often an innovative blend of traditional and non-traditional grapes. This relatively new appellation status was started in 1992 as an attempt to give an official classification to Italy’s many newer blends that do fit the strict requirements of DOC and DOCG classifications. IGT wines may use the name of the region and varietal on their label or in their name.