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La Maialina ‘gertrude’ Rosso Toscana IGT 2010


A Tuscan red blend sourced from some of the best estates in Tuscany, without the hefty price tag. It was a fantastic accompaniment to chile relleno and rustic polenta with kale and portabellos.

Winery: Founded in 2009, La Maialina is the brainchild of noted oenologist Attilio Pagli. La Maialina translates to “little pig” and refers to the Cinta Senese “heirloom breed” of pig indigenous to the province of Siena in Tuscany. It is believed to have been bred as far back as Roman times, but the earliest documents date back to the 14th century. The breed was nearly driven to extinction, although still endangered today, a voluntary Consortium was established in Siena in order to save the species. Pagli purchases surplus juice from some of the best estates in Tuscany in order to produce his wines. “Gertrude” is significant because rather then the typical black coat with a light pink-white band the Cinta Senese breed has, she is all pink and “represents diversity and expression of Tuscan wines”.

Philosophy: “To preserve the flavor of Tuscany”

Tasting Notes: Garnet with brick edges, with aromas of both black and sour cherry, tobacco and white peppercorn. Tasting pleasingly synonymous to the aromas, finishing with smooth tannins and notes of leather, baked cherry and hints of crushed pink peppercorn.

Winemaker’s blend of Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon
Bottled for La Maialina by 15632/FI
13.5% Alcohol
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