2006 Caiarossa "Caiarossa" Toscana

SKU #1133694 96 points James Suckling

 A bouquet of berries, flowers and minerals, taking on some spice. Fascinating blend. Full-bodied, with plenty of pretty fruit and lightly chewy tannins. Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Syrah, Petit Verdot and Mourvedre.  (6/2013)

93 points Wine Spectator

 A fascinating blend, with a bouquet of flowers, berries, nuts and mineral. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and pretty fruit. The wood comes through a little on the palate, but this is going to develop wonderfully. Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Syrah, Petit Verdot and Mourvèdre. Best after 2011.  (10/2009)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Caiarossa is a blend of eight grape varieties (the largest percentages are of Sangiovese and Cabernet Franc), which displays loads of bright fruit and white cherry backed by tart acids and tight tannins. There's a sweet note as well but the wine needs another five years of cellar aging.  (2/2012)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Full, deep ruby. Crushed cassis, raspberry and violet on the slightly inky, tarry but vibrant nose. Enters dry, broad and backward, then turns quickly dense and lush but not as sweet or open-knit as some of the 2007 barrel samples I tried recently at this relatively young estate, which has recently doubled its holdings by purchasing another 30 hectares in the Riparbella area. Offers plenty of ripe red and black fruit flavors, joined by hints of tar, dried herbs and smoke. The long finish features substantial but noble tannins. Very promising wine; I'd cellar it for another three or four years and enjoy it for another five to eight after that.  (10/2010)

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- The most widely planted grape in Italy is Sangiovese, a high-acid grape with moderate to high tannins, apparent earthiness and subtle fruit. It is thought to have originated in Tuscany and its name, which translates to "blood of Jove," leads historians to believe it may date all the way back to the Etruscan period, though historical mentions only go as far back as the early 1700s. Though planted all over modern Italy, the most significant wines made from Sangiovese still come from Tuscany: Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino. Sangiovese must make up 75% of a blend from the Chianti DOCG t be labeled as such, traditionally allowing for Canaiolo, Trebbiano and Malvasia for the remainder, though more recently small proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot have been allowed. In Brunello di Montalcino the wine must be made entirely of Sangiovese. Prugnolo is Montepulciano's name for Sangiovese, and it is used there for the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wines. In the DOC of Carmignano Sangiovese can be blended with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. There are also Super Tuscans, IGT wines that blend Sangiovese with large proportions of Cabernet or Merlot. Elsewhere in Italy it is a workhorse grape, though it does find some success (though not the longevity) in the Montefalco and Torgiano wines of Umbria as well as the foundation of Rosso Piceno and a significant element of Rosso Conero from the Marches. Like Nebbiolo, Sangiovese has struggled to find footing outside of Italy, though in recent years California wineries have been having better fortune with grape plantings in the Sierra Foothills/El Dorado County, as well as Sonoma County and the Central Coast.


- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.


Specific Appellation:

Super Tuscan

Alcohol Content (%): 13.5