2015 Casaloste "Inversus" Merlot Toscana

SKU #1422929 95 points James Suckling

 I love the intense aromas and flavors of black fruit, licorice and smoke, but there are underlying notes of blueberries, citrus and cloves, too. This concentrated and polished red has a lot of charisma. Full body, ripe and intense tannins and a long, driving finish. From organically grown grapes. Drink in 2022.  (9/2018)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The Casaloste 2015 Inversus is 90% Merlot with a small component of Sangiovese. The estate is located in Panzano in Chianti where wines are known for their distinct freshness and clarity of aromas. This is a mid-weight expression that boasts dark and rich color saturation. The wine offers robust aromas of black fruit, spice and sweet tobacco. You do recognize the Merlot when just considering the bouquet. However, the mouthfeel reflects the wine's Sangiovese side with bright acidity and a snappy, crisp finish. Some 4,000 bottles were made. (ML)  (10/2018)

K&L Notes

Sangiovese 10% Merlot 90%

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- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.


- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world.


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- Chianti is the most famous wine name in Italy is not the name of a grape but actually a region. Chianti lies in the 35 miles of hills between Florence and Siena, a complex geological region as well as geographically. The extraordinary geography makes grape growing a very challenging feat with multiple exposures and soil types on the same estate. The region comprises 9 different communes not dissimilar to Bordeaux wherein each commune has a particular characteristic that shows in the wine. The wine is made predominantly Sangiovese, the grape must comprise at least 80% of the blend. Chianti Classico is the "classic" region, though many other nearby regions now use the name "Chianti" to make similar wines. The "Gallo Nero" or Black Rooster on many of the Chianti Classico bottles is a private consortium of producers who try and control the direction of production and quality amongst their members.