2009 Marchesi de' Frescobaldi Tenuta Castiglioni Toscana (Elsewhere $22)

SKU #1118948 91 points James Suckling

 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.  (12/ 2011)

90 points Wine Spectator

 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  (9/ 2012)

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.  (8/ 2011)

K&L Notes

50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 10% Sangiovese, aged 1 year in french barriques

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By: Greg St. Clair |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/29/2012  | Send Email
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From the first whiff this wine smells like a much more expensive bottle than it really is. Complex, ripe cassis fruit laced with vanilla threads and hints of smoke fill your nose. On the palate the wine is viscous, smooth and alive, never ponderous and surprisingly low alcohol for the its richness. The finish is full and long leaving traces of smoke and cassis. Drinking well now or for the next 6-7 years. There isn't a Cabernet in California for this price that has this kind of quality.
Drink from 2012 to 2018

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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

Alcohol Content (%): 13.5