2007 Marchesi de' Frescobaldi "Tenuta Castiglioni" Tuscany

SKU #1054388

93 points Wine Spectator: "Intense aromas of currant, raisin and licorice, with hints of toasty oak. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a powerful currant, blackberry and mineral aftertaste. Dense, and all in reserve. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Sangiovese. Best after 2013." (10/09) The superb drinkability of the 2007 vintage shines through in this sleek, drinkable and bargain Super Tuscan. Beautiful cassis-like fruit flows from the Cabernet and gives the wine its frame, the softness of the Merlot gives suppleness to the structure; the Cab Franc adds spice, a personality and some intrigue, while the Sangiovese adds focus, a center and a fresh and vibrant finish. This is really a well made wine and a steal at the price. (Greg St.Clair, K&L's Italian wine buyer).

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By: Christie Brunick |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/11/2010  | Send Email
Probably the most popular Super Tuscan for the price! Rich, spicy, dusty, and with great acidity! Hope to see this wine again soon!

 By: Michael Berry |  Review Date: 10/10/2010 
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Enjoyed this this with grilled lean pork after a long bike ride; an exceptional wine, dense, with many layers of dried red fruit, tannins, baking spices and just that acidity necessary to make for a refreshing drink after a day outdoors. Expertly blended. Should drink nicely--even better--for several years. Hoping to lay some more down for later if I can get it.

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

Italy

- 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.
Sub-Region:

Tuscany