Wine with a strong territorial imprint

Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon
VARIETALS

I BALZINI
I BALZINI WHITE LABEL
IGP Colli della Toscana Centrale

Deep and intense ruby red colour. Complex and elegant aroma characterized by very mature red berry notes and spices. Balanced and soft on the palate with a long aftertaste. I Balzini White Label retains local flavors, conveying, in the most sophisticated way possible, the complexities of the two types of grapes constituting it.

TASTING NOTES

COLOUR
A very deep and intense ruby red

AROMA
A great aromatic complexity with notes of red and black berry fruit, particularly raspberries and black cherries, well fused with spicy and vanilla notes which recall both tobacco and chocolate. With age, balsamic aromas along with sensations of truffles.

FLAVOR
Of great structure and persistence, elegant and enveloping. The texture of the tannins is quite dense, characterized as it is by a velvety suppleness. Very long on the finish with an intense and pleasurable aftertaste.

TASTING NOTES

COLOUR
A very deep and intense ruby red

AROMA
A great aromatic complexity with notes of red and black berry fruit, particularly raspberries and black cherries, well fused with spicy and vanilla notes which recall both tobacco and chocolate. With age, balsamic aromas along with sensations of truffles.

FLAVOR
Of great structure and persistence, elegant and enveloping. The texture of the tannins is quite dense, characterized as it is by a velvety suppleness. Very long on the finish with an intense and pleasurable aftertaste.

Soil: Of Pliocene origin, sedimentary formations characterized by the presence of alternating strata of yellow sands and clay with a notable presence of marine fossils.

Micro-climate: Warm and temperate with average to elevated precipitation, cold winters and warm to very warm summers and particularly sunny late afternoons and sunsets given the precise western exposure.

Exposure: Southwestwards with a north to south orientation of the vine rows.
Vineyard work: A working of the soil alternated with a cover crop along with a cordon de Royat training system. Crop thinning during the growing season and a final selection of the crop: during the hand picking, the bunches are placed in small packing cases and are selected on a belt as they are about to be pressed.

Grapes: Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon

Two weeks of skin contact in stainless steel tanks at temperatures between 79° and 83° Fahrenheit (26° -28° centigrade); a complete malolactic fermentation.
Aging: In small, medium-toasted French oak barrels for approximately twelve months followed by at least 18 months of bottle aging before release.

Suggestions: An ideal wine for lengthy cellaring, to be served in large crystal stemware at temperatures between 61° and 65° Fahrenheit (16° -18° centigrade).

With food: Ideal with grilled meat and roasts and with medium-aged cheese.

Classic Tuscan Sangiovese traits – cherry, bush, violet – embrace the well-defined and rounded taste of the Cabernet. Powerful, elegant, and refined wine. At its best with large game.

Soil: Of Pliocene origin, sedimentary formations characterized by the presence of alternating strata of yellow sands and clay with a notable presence of marine fossils.

Micro-climate: Warm and temperate with average to elevated precipitation, cold winters and warm to very warm summers and particularly sunny late afternoons and sunsets given the precise western exposure.

Exposure: Southwestwards with a north to south orientation of the vine rows.
Vineyard work: A working of the soil alternated with a cover crop along with a cordon de Royat training system. Crop thinning during the growing season and a final selection of the crop: during the hand picking, the bunches are placed in small packing cases and are selected on a belt as they are about to be pressed.

Grapes: Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon

Two weeks of skin contact in stainless steel tanks at temperatures between 79° and 83° Fahrenheit (26° -28° centigrade); a complete malolactic fermentation.
Aging: In small, medium-toasted French oak barrels for approximately twelve months followed by at least 18 months of bottle aging before release.

Suggestions: An ideal wine for lengthy cellaring, to be served in large crystal stemware at temperatures between 61° and 65° Fahrenheit (16° -18° centigrade).

With food: Ideal with grilled meat and roasts and with medium-aged cheese.

Classic Tuscan Sangiovese traits – cherry, bush, violet – embrace the well-defined and rounded taste of the Cabernet. Powerful, elegant, and refined wine. At its best with large game.

Awards
and Guides


Duemilavini / Bibenda
2018 – 5 bunches
2017 – 5 bunches
2016 – 5 bunches
2015 – 4 bunches
2014 – 4 bunches
2013 – 4 bunches
2012 – 4 bunches
2011 – 4 bunches
2010 – 4 bunches
2009 – 5 bunches
2008 – 5 bunches
2007 – 5 bunches
2006 – 4 bunches
2005 – 4 bunches
2004 – 4 bunches
2003 – 4 bunches
2002 – 4 bunches
2001 – 4 bunches
2000 – 4 bunches
1999 – 4 bunches
1997 – 4 bunches
1996 – 3 bunches


Guida Vitae Ais
2018 – 4 branches
2017 – 4 branches
2016 – 3 1/2 branches
2015 – 3 1/2 branches
2014 – 3 branches
2013 – 3 branches
2012 – 3 branches
2011 – 4 branches


Wine Spectator
2009 – 93/100
2008 – 94/100
2007 – 92/100
2006 – 93/100
2002 – 91/100
2001 – 90/100
2000 – 90/100
1999 – 89/100


James Suckling Wine Guide
2018 – 93/100
2017 – 92/100
2016 – 91/100
2015 – 92/100
2014 – 92/100
2013 – 93/100
2012 – 93/100
2011 – 93/100
2009 – 91/100
2001 – 92/100


I vini di Veronelli
2018 – 92/100 3 stars
2017 – 91/100 3 stars
2016 – 93/100 3 stars
2015 – 93/100 3 stars
2014 – 92/100 3 stars
2013 – 93/100 3 stars
2012 – 92/100 3 stars
2011 – 91/100
2010 – 92/100
2009 – 92/100
2008 – 91/100 3 stars
2007 – 92/100 3 stars
2006 – 93/100 3 superior stars
2005 – 91/100 3 superior stars
2004 – 90/100 3 stars
2003 – 90/100
2002 – 91/100
2001 – 93/100
2000 – 90/100
1999 – 90/100
1998 – 89/100
1997 – 92/100
1996 – 91/100


Annuario dei Migliori Vini Italiani Luca Maroni
2018 – 94/100
2017 – 93/100
2016 – 90/100
2015 – 90/100
2014 – 92/100
2013 – 90/100
2012 – 88/99
2011 – 89/100
2009 – 87/100
2006 – 87/100
2005 – 88/100
2004 – 87/100
2003 – 87/100
2002 – 88/100
2001 – 86/100
2000 – 84/100
1998 – 80/100
1997 – 75/100
1996 – 75/100

The Wine Hunter
2018 – Red Stamp at Merano International Wine Festival 2021
2017 – Gold Medal at Merano International Wine Festival 2020
2016 – Red Stamp at Merano International Wine Festival 2019
2015 – Red Stamp at Merano International Wine Festival 2018
2007 – High Quality Final Wine Tasting
2001 – High Quality Final Wine Tasting
2000 – High Quality Final Wine Tasting
2002 – Red Stamp at Merano International Wine Festival 2023
1998 – Platinum Medal at Merano International Wine Festival 2020

Sakura Japan Women’s Wine Awards
2015 – Double Gold Medal at Sakura Japan Women’s Wine Award 2019
2014 – Double Gold Medal at Sakura Japan Women’s Wine Award 2018
2010 – Double Gold Medal at Japan Women’s Wine Award 2014

 

Concorso Mundial du Bruxelles
2015 – Silver Medal at Concorso Mundial du Bruxelles 2019
2008 – Grand Gold Medal at Concorso Mundial du Bruxelles 2012
2005 – Gold Medal at Concorso Mundial du Bruxelles 2009
2004 – Silver Medal at Concorso Mundial du Bruxelles 2008
2002 – Gold Medal at Concorso Mundial du Bruxelles 2006
2001 – Gold Medal at Concorso Mundial du Bruxelles 2005

Challenge International Du Vin Bordeaux
2012 – Bronze Medal at Challenge International Du Vin Bordeaux 2016
2007 – Gold Medal at Challenge International Du Vin Bordeaux 2011
2005 – Bronze Medal at Challenge International Du Vin Bordeaux 2009
2003 – Silver Medal at Challenge International Du Vin Bordeaux 2007

Women’s Wine&Spirits Award
2015 – Double Gold Medal at Women’s Wine&Spirits Award 2019

Japan Wine Challenge
2010 – Silver Medal at Japan Wine Challenge 2014

Decnter World Wine Awards
2013 – Bronze Medal at Decnter World Wine Awards 2016
2012 – Commended at Decnter World Wine Awards 2015
2011 – Commended at Decnter Asia Wine Awards 2014
2010 – Bronze Medal at Decnter World Wine Awards 2013
2006 – Commended at Decnter World Wine Awards 2010
2005 – Bronze Medal at Decnter World Wine Awards 2009
2004 – Silver Medal at Decnter World Wine Awards 2008
2001 – Bronze Medal at Decnter World Wine Awards 2005

Cina Wine & Spirits Awords
2013 – Gold Medal at Cina Wine & Spirits Awords 2016
2009 – Bronze Medal at Cina Wine & Spirits Awords 2014
2008 – Gold Medal at Cina Best Value Wine Award 2012

Vinalies Internationales Paris
2008 – Silver Medal at Vinalies Internationales Paris 2012

Vinitaly Enologico Internazionale
2007 – Diploma of Special Mention at the 19th International Wine Competition Vinitaly 2011
2006 – Diploma of Special Mention at the 18th International Wine Competition Vinitaly 2010
2002 – Diploma of Special Mention at the 14th International Wine Competition Vinitaly 2006
2001 – Diploma of Special Mention at the 13th International Wine Competition Vinitaly 2005
2000 – Diploma of Special Mention at the 12th International Wine Competition 2004
1999 – Silver Medal at 17th International Wine Competition Vinitaly 2009
1998 – Gold Medal at 16°ìth International Wine Competition Vinitaly 2008


L’Espresso Vini D’Italia
2012 – 16,5/20
2011 – 16,5/20
2010 – 16/20
2009 – 15,5/20
2008 – 16,5/20
2007 – 16/20
2003 – 15/20
2002 – 16/20
2001 – 15/20
2000 – 15/20
1999 – 15,5/20
1998 – 14,5/20
1997 – 14/20


Ian D’agata
2011 – 90/100


Slow Wine
Selected in the 2014 edition guide
Selected in the 2013 edition guide
Selected in the 2012 edition guide


Gambero Rosso Vini d’Italia
2017 – 2 glasses
2016 – 2 glasses
2013– 2 glasses
2012 – 2 glasses
2011 – 2 glasses
2010 – 1 glass
2009 – 1 glass
2008 – 2 glasses
2007 – 2 glasses
2006 – 2 glasses
2005 – 2 glasses
2004 – 2 glasses
2003 – 2 glasses
2002 – 2 glasses
2001 – 2 glasses
2000 – 2 glasses
1999 – 1 glass
1998 – 1 glass
1997 – 2 glasses
1996 – 2 glasses


Falstaff
2013 – 91/100
2008 – 90/100
2007 – 88/100
2005 – 87/100
2004 – 88/100
2003 – 91/100


Weinplus
2011 87/100

Wine Enthusiast
2017 – 91/100
2004 – 89/100
2002 – 91/100
1998 – 92/100

Mondo Weine Der Welt
2005 – 87/100
2004 – 87/100
2003 – 86/100
2002 – 90/100
2000 – 89/100

The International Wine & Spirit Competition Londra
2005 – Silver Medal at The International Wine & Spirit Competition Londra 2009
2004 – Bronze Medal at The International Wine & Spirit Competition Londra 2008
2003 – Bronze Medal at The International Wine & Spirit Competition Londra 2007
2002 – Silver Medal (Best Class) at  The International Wine & Spirit Competition Londra 2007
2000 – Gold Medal at The International Wine & Spirit Competition Londra 2007

AWC Vienna International Wine Challenge
2005 – Silver Medal at AWC Vienna International Wine Challenge 2009
2004 – Silver Medal at AWC Vienna International Wine Challenge 2008
2003 – Silver Medal at AWC Vienna International Wine Challenge 2007
2002 – Gold Medal at AWC Vienna International Wine Challenge 2006

Sélections Mondiales des Vins Canada
2005 – Silver Medal at Sélections Mondiales des Vins Canada 2009

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