Tolaini Legit Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 (750ML)
Critic Scores, Reviews & Descriptions
95 WS / 92 WA
#13 Wine Spectator Top 100 2020
An impressive red of breadth and depth, featuring black cherry, plum, leather, earth, iron and cedar aromas and flavors. This is solidly built and well-balanced, with finely honed tannins and lively acidity providing backbone. Best from 2021 through 2040. BS – The Wine Spectator
Here's a fun Tuscan red with what appears to be a jazz or R&B pianist depicted on the front label, oozing all kinds of Millennial appeal. The Tolaini 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Legit plays the role thanks to the legitimate darkness, sultriness and suppleness of the mouthfeel. Dark fruit and blackberry are followed by light spice, earth and tobacco. This is a balanced and fruit-forward red that will jazz up any steak-frites dinner served in a tavern with cigar smoke hanging heavy, if such a thing exists any more. And while it may not be priced perfectly for the walk-up, top-floor Brooklyn set, this wine is definitely "on point." - Monica Larner, Wine Advocate
"Don't play everything, let some things go by. What you don't play can be more important than what you do". -Thelonious Sphere Monk
"The story of LEGIT Cabernet Sauvignon began in 2016 when Lia was tasting barrels of the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon at Tolaini with a colleague from Banville Wine Merchants. They agreed this wine was a LEGIT Cabernet Sauvignon, with a true sense of place and an Italian soul. In wanting to pursue the name LEGIT, only one person came to mind. A person who embodied stylish originality and eternal hipness, an artist referred to as the "Genius of Modern Music" - Thelonious Monk. LEGIT's striking label is an iconic photo from the album cover of one of Monk's most famous live concert recordings, 'Thelonious Monk in Italy' recorded live April 21st, 1961 in Milan by Riverside Records.
After getting in touch with Thelonious Monk's family to secure the rights to the use of the label, an adventure that was born as a business endeavor evolved into collaboration and has ultimately grown into a wonderful friendship between the Monk and Tolaini family.
We are proud to offer this wine as a tribute to the timelessness of Monk's music. Pulitzer Prize winner, respected composer (his single "Round Midnight" is the most recorded Jazz single to date) AND who today is still referred to as the epitome of Jazz, Thelonious Monk has and will always set the bar for all things LEGIT!" - Importer