#13 in Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2021, 95 points Wine Spectator: "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."
"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
Upon tasting the 2013 vintage Cabernet Sauvignon with a friend of Banville at the Tolaini Estate, Lia Banville was struck by the grace and opulence of the wine in barrel. The two agreed that this wine was special and should be bottled as a single varietal with its' unique harmony of distinct terroir, robust bright fruit, and lush round tannins. A truly LEGIT Cabernet Sauvignon from within Chianti Classico, UNBLENDED. With the idea of pursuing the name LEGIT, Lia envisioned a label dedicated to the single person who embodied stylish originality and eternal hipness, an artist referred to as the "Genius of Modern Music" - Thelonious Monk.
After further research the choice seemed ordained to be, as Lia's son Alex found an iconic photo gracing 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.
Thus began the quest to receive permission from the photographer and Monk's family to use the iconic photo for the LEGIT label. An adventure that was born as a business endeavor, evolved into collaboration, and has grown into a wonderful friendship.
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!