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Vivaldaia

Edith Wharton, writing in Italian Background, describes the Tuscan shrine of San Vivaldo located near our vineyards on the road to San Gimignano.
San Vivaldo is a Franciscan monastery with a group of about 20 small chapels built in the 16th century. Each contains a terracotta grouping, representing a stage in the life of Christ. These works preserve, says Warthon, “a touch of that individuality and directness of expression which mark the prime of Tuscan art”.
We named this wine after the place that keeps the spirit of San Vivaldo alive. It is a pure Cabernet Franc, all grown on our Estate. Flavours and aromas are enhanced by barrel ageing for 12 months. We feel that the wine captures an elegance and individuality as distinct as the Tuscan landscape it originates from.

Blend: Cabernet Franc 100%.

Vineyards: Planted on 1991/1997.

Harvest: 17th and 19th September.

Age in oak: 12 months in Taransaud french oak. 40% new barrels and 60% one year used.

Total production: 7000 bottles.

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Wine Spectator     www.winespectator.com

Sept. 30, 2008

Vol. 33, No. 8

90  Villa Pillo  Syrah Toscana 2006 $15

Displays crushed blueberry, meat and black licorice on the nose.

Full-bodied, with round, velvety tannins and a juicy finish.

The best wine from this producer in a long time.

Best after 2009. 1,300 cases made. ­­­­­­­__ J.S.