2011 Rocca di Montegrossi "Geremia" Toscana

SKU #1217776 95 points Vinous

 The 2011 Geremia, the estate's Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blend, offers tons of energy to balance its dark, inky fruit. Lavender, menthol, melted road tar, sage, crème de cassis and grilled herbs are some of the many signatures. The ripeness and raciness of the year come through in spades, yet there is an element of pulsating intensity in the glass that plays off the more overt elements nicely. This is another superb showing from Rocca di Montegrossi. (AG)  (9/2015)

93 points James Suckling

 A soft and rich Super Tuscan with lots of juicy and ripe fruit. Very reminiscent of the New World with its fruit-forward character. Full body, velvety tannins and a flavorful finish. A Napa-inspired blend of Merlot and Cabernet sauvignon. Drink or hold.  (8/2015)

90 points Wine Spectator

 A powerful red, this remains smooth in texture and focused, delivering plum, black cherry, savory and mineral flavors. The acidity and dusty tannins drive the finish, which echoes the savory elements. Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. (BS)  (10/2015)

K&L Notes

"Geremia" is a Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon blend from Marco Ricasoli-Firidolfi, an organic grower in the Chianti Classico region. From the winery: "It ages exclusively in medium-toast barriques from Allier for about 24 months, after which it is bottled without filtration and bottle aged for another 18 months. It is a powerful, intense wine that also displays elegance and balance, and expresses the character of the terroir. Intense ruby, with violet nail, and with complex aromas that bring to mind sour cherries, currants and other wild berry fruit, mingled with licorice and vanilla. A wine of great structure and complexity, which is soft and velvety thanks to its richness and the perfect ripeness of the tannins."

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By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/27/2015 | Send Email
Geremia is 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon that spent 24 months in French oak. Lots of dark skinned fruit with spice, minerals, and toasty oak that complete each other on the nose and palate, and the wine has pleasantly soft tannins, but good acidity to pull it all together.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/18/2015 | Send Email
The nose of this wine just exudes complexity, the 65% Merlot – 35% Cabernet Sauvignon Super Tuscan blend is full of high toned, focused, dark cherry fruit surrounded by hints of leather, spice and cassis. On the palate the wine is supple, dense but has an incredible lift and brightness but all couched in a concentrated combination of dark fruits and spice. A long, sinuous, muscular finish that is incredibly balanced, and will continue to evolve for a decade plus….if I could stop from drinking it now, it’s so damned tasty!
Drink from 2015 to 2030

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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

Specific Appellation:

Super Tuscan