2006 Caiarossa "Caiarossa" Toscana
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.
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.
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.
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.