From 95% Sangiovese, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Depth and richness are immediately evident in the full ruby color and ample bouquet, and confirmed on the palate by chewy, abundant fruit, silky texture, good body, balance and extract.
Think Tuscan. That’s Toscolo, a labor of love from Neil & Maria Empson’s longtime passion for this extraordinary region. The name itself is a homage to Tuscany: a renaissance Italian word, it means “Tuscan boy.”
The Empsons chose their friend and star oenologist Franco Bernabei to style the wines with Neil himself. Nothing was left to chance in order to make the Empson’s proprietary brand their ideal Tuscan credentials. Availing itself of state-of-the-art facilities and teamwork, production derives from some of the region’s major Chianti terroirs and finest vineyards. Terrain and microclimates are intriguingly diverse: from compact, very fine-textured limestone, at an altitude of 1,312-1,476 feet above sea level, to rocky, clayey/calcareous areas, also at altitudes around 1,312 feet, and clayey/siliceous/calcareous soil, at an altitude of 820-984 feet. Neil is thus able to “cherry-pick” the best selections according to harvest conditions in the individual wine zones - this gives him leeway to maintain consistency and the highest quality with each vintage.
Attentive vineyard management, high density of vines per acre and correspondingly low crop yields, achieve maximum quality results from Toscolo’s fine locations. Vinification is traditional, with a well balanced use of wood. The entire range combines fruit and finesse with that essential “bite” which makes these wines particularly food-friendly and versatile.
Toscolo’s ultra classic, ultra chic packaging was designed by Maria Gemma Empson. Maria is also an artist who went on to the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, Tuscany, right after college in the States: there could hardly be a better combination to inspire a distinctively Toscolo label. In 2008, touches of gold joined the brand’s original Chianti palette: a Vernaccia di San Gimignano providing the Tuscan white per eccellenza, from one of Italy’s oldest white grapes, and “Dolce Toscolo,” whose label has been designed by Maria to distinguish itself from the more subdued style of the others.