2016 Mocali Cabernet Sauvignon Rosso Toscano

SKU #1427676 95 points James Suckling

 A lovely nose that shows a lovely compromise between richness and freshness. Pure blackcurrants, iodine, charcoal and dried herbs in addition to vanilla. Very structured on the palate with lithe tannins, running between layers of blue fruit and linear acidity and right through to the long, chewy finish. Drink in 2021.  (10/2018)


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By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/17/2019 | Send Email
How many times do you come across a wine that is this good, and totally unlike anything else in the store? That's what I asked myself while trying the Mocali Toscano. The nose is full of sultry aromas of blackened earth and cassis. This wine is incredibly earthy and savory. The texture is rich and mouthcoating. There is a touch of rustic tannin for good measure, but excellent acid balance. I can't believe I'm saying this about a Cabernet Sauvignon, but it is utterly, unmistakably Italian. At $15, this is one of the new heavy hitters.

By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/16/2019 | Send Email
Multiple choice? Mocali is: 1) the name of an ancient Etruscan tribe who worshipped goats; 2) an elaborate woven basket used to carry olives; or 3) an historic estate in Montalcino known for its traditional Brunellos and a range of remarkable Tuscan wines. If you picked number 3, reward yourself with a glass of this generous and unabashedly charming Cabernet Sauvignon, blessed with just enough finesse, refreshing acidity and savory fruit confit flavors to please a festive party of one to one hundred. Next question..... oh yes, the price? Have you ever seen a goat laugh?
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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the M├ędoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

Italy

- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world.
Sub-Region:

Tuscany

Specific Appellation:

Super Tuscan