Grape blend: Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Alcohol content: 14% vol
Acidity: 5 g/l
Residual sugars: 0.56 g/l
Every now and again we like to recall the description of this wine given by my fellow oenologist Giorgio Marone: <<... the idea for this wine was born years ago, during one of the first meetings. Piero Lo Franco told me about a wine that was firmly imprinted in his memory, tasted from a lucky vintage, probably tapped directly from some barrel... “homemade”, as his grandmother Caterina called it. Going back over those sensations together – it was red, dark, strong, warm and at the same time almost “ignorant” in the mouth – we began to see how, in favourable years, selected Sangiovese grapes, with the addition of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, could give rise to wines of that particular kind. In 1993 we put it in the making. The pet name “Torbolone”, which in Italian stands for torbido (= cloudy) and torvo (= dark), rather suits it and is also tied to memories and nostalgia...>> The 2019 harvest, late and fortunate, contributed to the perfect ripening and healthiness of all the grapes for this wonderful Torbolone.
Here are the tasting notes:
Tasting – Colour: deep ruby red with violet highlights. The nose: rich and variegated, with fruity tones of Merlot and Sangiovese, spicy notes reaching the typical but delicate hints of red bell pepper from the Cabernet. In the mouth: rich in tannins but sweet (not from sugar!). Long, persistent aftertaste.