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Avignonesi Capannelle 50 & 50
50&50 is a wine sprung from the friendship which binds the owners of Avignonesi in Montepulciano and Capannelle in Chianti Classico. The first vintage of 50&50 was 1988 and it was born as an experiment, almost by chance: during a jovial dinner the former owners of the two wineries started to compare, mix and match their wines, and came up with the even blend of 50% Sangiovese and 50% Merlot, that we know today. They had given birth to something truly unique.
Wines appear long and smooth on the palate, revealing a pleasant drinkability to our senses. The hidden sun - or the missed summer - enabled a very heterogenous maturation of the grapes, so that the production team was forced to work extra hours. Accurate selections both in the vineyards and at the sorting table in the cellars allowed to craft wine with a great freshness and an exceptional drinkability.
50&50 has a deep, ruby red color. Aromas of dried cranberries and black cherries intertwine with scents of laurel and Mediterranean herbs. The flavour is rich, enveloping and long lingering with lots of chocolate hints and warm notes of baking spices, while the finish is long and balsamic. This elegant blend of Merlot and Sangiovese is perfect for long ageing in the bottle.
Grape variety: The Merlot is sourced by Avignonesi in the cellars of the Lodola estate, located in Valiano, to the north-east of the historic town of Montepulciano. The Sangiovese comes from Capannelle, located in Gaiole in Chianti, in the heart of Chianti Classico, between Florence and Siena.
Harvest: Hand-picked from the best parcels.
Vinification: Alcoholic fermentation at controlled temperature and maceration on the skins for 20 - 25 days.
Ageing: In French barriques.
2013 - 93/100 (WA) | 2013 - 93/100 (Veronelli) | 2013 - 4 Viti (AIS)
2012 - 92/100 (WA) | 2012 - 93/100 (Suckling)
2012 - 92/100 (Falstaff) | 2012 - 91/100 3 Stars (Veronelli)
2012 - 4 Viti (AIS) | 2011 - 90/100 (WS) | 2011 - 91/100 (WA)
2011 - 91/100 (Suckling) | 2011 - 92/100 (Veronelli) | 2011 - 96/100 (Falstaff)
2010 - 90/100 (WS) | 2010 - 94/100 (Falstaff)
2009 - 90/100 (WA) | 2009 - 93/100 (Veronelli) | 2009 - 93/100 (Falstaff)