2006 Frescobaldi Lamaione

SKU #1053971 95 points Wine Spectator

 Dark in color, with intense aromas of mineral, spice, blackberry and coffee bean. Full-bodied, with a wonderful core of ripe fruit and velvety tannins. Polished and very beautiful, with a lovely texture. A fantastic effort from the Frescobaldis. Best after 2011.  (10/2009)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2006 Lamaione (Merlot) is impressive for the sheer depth and clarity of its fruit. With time in the glass graphite, grilled herbs, minerals and licorice emerge, adding further complexity to the expressive, vibrant blackberry and blueberry fruit. The wine’s length, freshness and structure are all first-class. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2021.  (4/2010)

K&L Notes

Frescobaldi's Lamaione is made entirely from Merlot grapes grown in the 12-acre Lamaione Vineyard at Tenuta di Castelgiocondo. Rich and powerful, as you would expect from Frescobaldi, the Lamaione entices with scents of black plum, boysenberry, peppery spice and savory herbs. The palate is rounds and warm, with silky tannins and black fruit flavors complemented by vanilla, bittersweet cocoa, pipe tobacco and sweet herbs. While quite polished now, this will benefit from a few years in your cellar, after which it can be enjoyed with roasted meats, aged cheeses and anything with mushrooms or truffles.

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- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.


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