Lot 268 | 2019 Mansalto 2019 Toscana Rosso "Castello Rapale" 750ml

Lot 268 | 2019 Mansalto 2019 Toscana Rosso "Castello Rapale" 750ml

***Mixed or Whole Case purchases only.
***Mixed cases can mix-and-match any of the four Mansalto offerings into 12-, 18-, 24 bottle quantities.
***Expected to Ship from our warehouse in September

The Mansalto project is a massive 2,000 hectare property of wild mountainous terrain in the heart of Tuscany. Acquired by European investors in the early 2000's, no expense was spared developing the property (which is so large it includes three small municipalities and, now, gorgeous villa's for rent).

Along with my friend Marco Fantinel, legendary winemaker Andrea Paoletti of Solaia, Tignanello and Ornellaia fame as well as legendary consultant Stephane Derenoncourt of Bordeaux were brought in to develop the property and its high-altitude vineyards. Winemaker Gabriel Bruno manages the estate for Marco as well as makes the wines alongside Andrea and Stephane.

Needless to say, the wines are magnificent. Asides from a shipment of the 2016 vintage to one importer years ago, they are also non-existent here in the US and I am honored to present them to you today.

The second offering from Mansalto is their Super-Tuscan Blend "Castello Rapale". A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, and 20% Sangiovese, it features a broad rich profile both aromatically and on the palate.

The 2018 version scored 93-points from Luca Maroni, the 2019 should be in the same ballpark. Regardless of the critics score, its a fantastic offer at $17/bottle vs $35.

Deep ruby, almost opaque in the glass. Broad, soft rich aromatic profile yet still brooding with tightly wound black fruit, cassis, graphite, leather and tobacco adding black cherry and an earthy dark chocolate/cocoa/mushroom funk as it unwinds on the palate. Gorgeous. Fleshy and delicious with excellent structure and balance as well as huge length swaddled in baby fat.

100% estate vineyards, Bucina, Monte San Savino, and Rapolano Terme
60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 20% Sangiovese
40% new French oak, medium and large format barrels/casks
14.5% alc.
Bottled June 2021

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