2017-C Muralia ‘Babone’ Toscano Rosso, Tuscany, Italy (750ml)
A Monthly Wine Club Selection
After leaving Milan in 1997, Stefano and Chiaradonata Casali founded Azienda Agricola Muralia in the Roccastrada province of Grosseto in Maremma, Tuscany—a magic land where the time passes slowly and only the sounds of nature break the silence—the air is clear and the sunsets unforgettable.
The Muralia estate stretches over 14 hectares, and the vines are cultivated sustainably, with a great respect for the land in which they grow and the surrounding environment. The cellar, built into the hill, is an ideal place to produce wine. The technology of the facility combined with the natural elements of the subterranean portion of the cellar work together to create the perfect conditions (ideal temperature and humidity) for aging and storing wine. The grapes for this full-bodied blend (65% Sangiovese and 35% Syrah) were harvested by hand, destemmed and subsequently fermented in temperature controlled stainless- steel vats. After being gently pressed, the resulting wine was aged in both stainless- steel tanks and oak barriques for one year before being blended, followed by extensive bottle-aging prior to release. Beautiful dark ruby robe. The nose is a puzzle, rich and at the same time well chiseled, with notes of dried red fruit, herbs and bramble. The palate shows prune and dark fruits, with notes of dried cranberry punctuated with balsamic, a broad, griping tannin and lavish, distinguished finish.