2009 Marchesi de' Frescobaldi Tenuta Castiglioni Toscana (Elsewhere $22)
Aromas of minerals, mint and spices with dried herbs and blackberries. Full-bodied, with firm tannins and bright fruit. A little chewy now. Better in 2012. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Sangiovese.
Dark and brooding, with a firm structure cloaking the black currant, violet, leather and tobacco flavors. Features big tannins, so decant now, or wait a few years. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Sangiovese. Best from 2014 through 2020. 21,000 cases made. –BS
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Toscana is a highly attractive, juicy wine well suited to near-term drinking. It shows plenty of plump fruit in a soft, approachable style. The 2009 Toscana is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 10% Sangiovese. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2017.
50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 10% Sangiovese, aged 1 year in french barriques