"Pergolaia" Caiarossa Toscana Rosso IGT 2005


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A tiny parcel of the most delicious Tuscan blend with 12 years bottle age. The wine is absolutely delighful. Sangiovese dominates the blend, but the use of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot really gives the wine another edge, shaping Pergolaia into a wine of intense flavours and superb depth. This is drinking beautifully right now and will keep over the next 2 years. The property make tiny quantities of the wine and quality is brilliant as a result.

"A fully mature baby Super Tuscan at a very non-Super Tuscan price. Yes please."


Our Tasting Notes

Smooth and soft, supple tannins with delicious rich fruit and a brilliant long finish. The wine incorporates beautifully the aged flavours of tobacco and leather.

Wine Data

Grape variety: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese
Appellation: IGT Toscana Rosso
Alcohol: 13%


Caiarossa is situated in the heart of the Val di Cecina, on the Tuscan coast. The winery was founded in 1998 and was acquired in 2004 by Eric Albada Jelgersma, Dutch entrepreneur, also owner of Château Giscours and Château du Tertre, both Grands Crus Classés in Margaux.
From the beginning in 1998, the winery conducted careful geological analysis to discover the potential of this vineyard. The results revealed an extremely varied soil and this diversity led to the definition of 12 vineyards plots, distinct by soil type, which were then planted with the most suitable grape varieties.
There are currently two Caiarossa wines, both IGT Tuscan reds, with the first vintage being 2002. The top wine is Caiarossa (a cuvée of the best grapes of the year), the second wine is Pergolaia, and it is predominantly Sangiovese, in keeping with Tuscany's winemaking tradition.


"Finally, the 2005 Pergolaia, second wine of Caiarossa, the biodynamically farmed Super Tuscan that’s in the same ownership as mighty Chx Giscours and du Tertre in Margaux. (And just what is it about these wines that they all end in ‘-aia’? Sassicaia, Ornellaia, Solaia and now Pergolaia. Just asking…) Anyway, at almost 15 years old, I thought it’d be a tad over the hill but Esme insisted that it’s a cracker and, blow me, the canny old fox is bang on the money, for it’s absolutely à point. The Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet Franc blend is perfectly judged with delectable sweet fruit in the mouth and a fine, fresh, slightly savoury finish. A fully mature baby Super Tuscan at a very non-Super Tuscan price. Yes please." - Jonathan Ray, The Spectator

"The 2004 Pergolaia is a soft, supple wine with pretty red cherries, sweet spices and leather. The wine shows good density and richness." - Antonio Galloni (2004 Vintage)

"Small additions of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon result in an elegant blend with measured fruit intensity and lasting impressions of blue flowers, licorice and almond paste. You can really taste the delicate Sangiovese component." - Wine Enthusiast Magazine (2004 Vintage)

"A soft and friendly red, with berry and mineral aromas and flavors. Medium- to full-bodied, with fine tannins and a medium finish. Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best after 2010. 2,100 cases made." - Wine Spectator