Coste del Vivo Rosso No.1 Toscana NV
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PRODUCER: Coste del Vivo is the personal project of winemaker Toby Owen. 20 years ago Toby was manager of a wine shop in Scotland, dreaming of one day being able to make wine like the best of those he sold. In 2009 a chance meeting led to experience working with Brunello producer San Polino in Montalcino. Later, in 2012 he returned to Montalcino as winemaking assistant at Casa Raia. By the following vintage he was winemaker for micro-producer Hortulanus in the beautiful vineyards of Seggiano on Monte Amiata. Over the next few years Toby found that a number of local vineyards were in danger of being abandoned and convinced the owners to allow him to take them over in exchange for a few bottles of wine, and finally, in 2018 he assumed control of the Hortulanus vineyards, his dream became real and the hard work got harder...
WINEMAKING: Carefully harvested by hand by Toby's faithful team of workers, the grapes are carefully processed to remove stems and fermented in individual lots before being transferred to barrels for ageing. The very best lots are often barrel fermented. During the course of ageing in barrel each wine is tasted and assessed to determine the best possible blends and identify those which stand out best alone. Wines are bottled when they are ready, often without fining and with little or no filtration.
TASTING NOTES: Made from a Sangiovese-led blend of 2015, 2016 and 2018 wines, it's the third edition of Toby's Rosso No 1 and continues in the same vein of the previous two stunners, combining complexity, structure and drinkability in a wine that sings 'TUSCANNNYYYYYY!' in a great Pavarottian vibrato.