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94 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - August 2012
(75% sangiovese, 20% cabernet sauvignon and 5% syrah): Opaque inky-purple. Black cherry, plum, cocoa and aromatic herbs on the knockout nose. Savory, suave and dense, offering a terrific combination of juiciness and depth to its minty black fruit and tobacco flavors. Bright acids and firm, sweet tannins give this lush, seamless blend a solid underlying structure. The smooth, long finish features palate-saturating flavor. Very well done: even though this is in the typically creamy, riper style of the warm Tuscan Coast, Avvoltore almost always manages enough lift and gracefulness to avoid coming off as yet another high-pH, creamy monster. Aged 12 months in new and once-used small French oak barrels.