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Volpaiole Comes to the United States


Volpaiole announces the release of its 2006 Classico and Merlot, introducing its wines to the United States for the first time.

A small winery from the Bogheri region of Italy, Volpaiole debuted its wines at events in New York City and Washington, D.C. in early November.

Volpaiole owner/producer Olivier Paul-Morindini, says, “We are very exited that we are introducing our wines to the United States for the first time in what is one of the best Tuscan vintages in memory. Our wines reflect the beauty of this great vintage in Bogheri and rival the best wines from this region.”

It was during his travels in Tuscany that Belgian born Paul-Morandini, 38, discovered Volpaiole in a restaurant. The story goes, that he was so intrigued by the qualities of the wine, he decided to track down its makers the very next day. It was then that he met Armin and Liliana one morning in July 2003 and a friendship was born.

When the time came for Armin and Liliana to retire in 2007, Paul-Morandini immediately agreed to take over for them and to do everything in his power to keep Volpaiole alive. While he continues his work as a citizens-interest lobbyist with European institutions on projects like harmonizing the quality of the European emergency telecommunications services based on the single number 1-1-2 (the equivalent of 9-1-1 in the US), Paul-Morandini began working in the vineyard two years ago.

Volpaiole is a 1.2-hectare vineyard with an annual output of 5,000 bottles with a yield of 700 litres per hectare.

The 2006 Classico composed of 50 percent Sangiovese, 25 percent Merlot and 25 percent Cabernet Sauvignon is a full-bodied wine with a balance between the acidity and sweetness of the tannins. With a color of intense ruby and violet highlights, the wine opens with aromas of dark forest fruits, vanilla and spices, Paul-Morandini says.

The annual production of the boutique vineyard is 5,000 to 7,000 bottles. Drinkable now, yet the lively acidity will allow the wine to age for at least five to seven years and is available for $65.00 (wholesale), according to the winery.

The 2006 Merlot is 100 percent Merlot and has an intense ruby color and opens with a nose of plums, vanilla and spices, the winery describes. The fruit is gently persistent, strong, yet balanced, offering richness and resilience on the palate, compact and distinguished tannins, ending with black cherry and violet notes. The finish has a well-balanced acidity and is good to drink now until at least 2013  and is available for $75 (wholesale). The annual production is 1,200 bottles.

According to Eric Boshman, the renowned Belgian sommelier, “The 2006 [Volpaiole] develops a beautiful final acidity and will be ready to start drinking in the following months with an even greater potential to age than ’05. What I really like in Volpaiole is that every single vintage is the true mirror of its year and each year has its own and strong personality.”

Volpaiole wines are available exclusively through Lyaeus Imports based in Washington, D.C.

Details on 2006 Classico:

  • Denomination: Val di Cornia DOC, Tuscany, Italy
  • Grape variety: Sangiovese 50%, Cabernet Sauvignon 25% and Merlot 25%
  • Alcohol percentage: 13.5%
  • Vinification method: separate vinification for each variety of grape, fermentation in steel, temperature controlled tanks
  • Maturation: 12 months in 225 liter French oak barrels
  • Refining: 12 months in the bottle
  • Production: between 5,000 and 7,000 bottles
  • First year of production: 1995

Details on 2006 Merlot:

  • Denomination: Merlot Val di Cornia DOC, Tuscany, Italy
  • Grape variety: Merlot 100%
  • Alcohol percentage: 13.5%
  • Vinification method: Fermentation in steel, temperature-controlled tanks
  • Maturation: 12 months in 225 liter French oak barrels
  • Refining: 12 months in the bottle
  • Production: 1,200 bottles

• First year of production: 2004

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