Villa Pillo is a 1,235-acre property in the middle of Chianti owned by Americans John and Kathe Dyson, who also own and operate the Millbrook Winery in New York's Hudson Valley and Williams Seylem in the Russian River Valley. This is the same John Dyson who was Deputy Mayor of New York City and came up with the "I ♥ NY" campaign.
Villa Pillo Cingalino Rosso di Toscana 2008: Made from 65% merlot and 35% cabernet franc, this is a medium-bodied charmer showing light red and black berry aromas and flavors, wrapped in a bit of oak spice, reflecting six months of aging in French oak. Somehow, the cab franc seems to dominate, which is fine by me. The label is kinda goofy:
Villa Pillo Borgoforte IGT Toscana 2007: A nose of soft black cherry, a bit of cedar, and a hint of tar; followed by a palate of red and black currants, a hint of cocoa, and nice ripe tannins. This is a blend of 50% Sangiovese, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Merlot, which, at the price, qualifies it for mini-Super-Tuscan status. This is of quality equivalent to Villa Antinori, and, in my opinion, a better value.
Portosecco Sangiovese IGT Toscano 2004: From producer Fabio Bassanelli comes this traditional yet stylish expression of Sangiovese. On the nose, a little cedar and some bright red berries. The palate is bright with acidity, and delivers more red berry flavors plus some tangy cranberry. This is much, much easier to drink than the last vintage, which smelled/tasted primarily of cedar. It is still very far away from being a big-fruited wine, but my guess is that it will play well with a plate of rare steak and a bitter green (which is, as you know, my preferred accompaniment to almost any red Tuscan bottle).
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