What a story I picked up in Vinitaly. More than 50 years ago, a young man left Tuscany to seek his fortune in America. He found it in Canada where he built a trucking empire. Pierluigi Tolaini returned home in the 1990s to start a new winery in one of the finest corners of Chianti Classico with two vineyards in Castelnuovo Berardenga. Today Tolaini has a Tre Bicchieri on his shelf, as well as a classic Chianti and cult super-Tuscan Valdisanti. The one I brought home for you is Al Passo, Tolaini’s lush bend of sangiovese and merlot (80/20), an affordable offering that’s incredibly dark and rich,and purely opulent. You’ll love Tolaini’s work.