2009 Ferrero Toscana Rosso IGT

SKU #1079872

Last February the "K&L Squadra Italiana" visited the small Ferrero winery in Montalcino. Brunello di Montalcino and Rosso di Montalcino has been their focus for the last decade but in the BOOM that was happening in Tuscany they too decided to buy some vineyard land about 20 minutes away from Montalcino, excellent soil, great exposure, bargain price, they were really excited. They planted non Montalcino varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Montepulciano and Alicante. The Cabernet, Merlot and Alicante all scored 90 or 91 points in the Wine Spectator and were all really tasty. However their labeling just didn't work, so we tried to figure out what we could do to help them out, and we created our blend lof the four varieites. Pablo went to work the next day blending the final wine and we were really stunned, it's great! And at a really great price! The nose is warm and inviting with layers of ripe 34% Cabernet and 34% Merlot fruit while the 16% Montepulciano adds some delicate and subtle spice the 16% Alicante gives an exotic ripeness, the wine has a very supple and soft palate presence and then lengthens out into a vibrant and exciting Super Tuscan! Enjoy with grilled meats or hearty pasta dishes. ~ Greg St.Clair K&L's Italian Buyer

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By: Jim Barr |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/28/2012  | Send Email
This lovely production was essentially created by Greg St.Clair and his Italian cohorts at Ferrero on their buying trip to Italy last February (2011). Greg and staff came back from this trip totally excited about this wine, and when it finally arrived, the rest of us at K&L understood why after tasting it. Deep ruby in color, the nose explodes with essence of cassis and currant, plus plum, violets, and chalky mineral tones. Rich, lush, expansive fruit flavors abound upon entry, with a midrange of complex, powerful, and deep fruit flavors, incredible structure and backbone, integrated silky tannins, and a fleshy, unending finish. Although drinking well now, it will only get better with age. This is one of the most amazing “Super Tuscan” bargains that I have ever seen (maybe the buy of the decade!). I have been ordered by Rusty to buy at least two cases, or whatever I can stockpile, of this Gem and it will absolutely be one of our house reds for the next five to ten years.

By: Chiara Shannon |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/14/2011  | Send Email
Wine Club and Personal Sommelier Service Members, get excited. Here is a delicious, balanced and affordable Supertuscan that is a deal at $12.99, but a STEAL at the Club price of $9.99. A blend of Cabernet, Merlot, Montepulciano, and Alicante, this offers a mix of blackberry, cassis, and cherry in the nose, with hints of earthy spice. The palate reveals layers of cherries, plum, baking spice and earth. Fine tannins frame a round and juicy core of fruit. This wine has great texture and body, and is incredibly versatile; it makes a nice accompaniment up to beef or hearty stews, but is gentle enough to pair with roast chicken, pastas, fresh tomatoes and mozzarella...even grilled salmon! Buy by the case - you will not regret it.

By: Mike Parres |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/6/2011  | Send Email
And now for something completely different! This is a Super Tuscan at a super price. This bad boy is made up of 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 16% Montepulciano and 16% Alicante, and I swear you can taste all of these. On the palate you will find flavors of black cherry, plum and soft floral notes blended with silky tannins. The Cabernet gives this a backbone you can feel and a nice smooth and long finish.

By: John Majeski |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/29/2011  | Send Email
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Ok, I'll try not to waste words here— this is without reservation the best red wine value in our store right now. From someone who is not normally a committed lover of Super-Tuscan blends (favoring indigenous varietals over foreign-born), this modestly-priced IGT Toscana from the inspired and talented Claudia Ferrero is a fantastic value— full of sweet red plums, polished blackberry, creme de cassis, smoke and chocolate notes, this highly-versatile, medium-bodied, robustly-flavored Tuscan blend will sing an aria with tagliatelle and spicy calamari or farfalle with wild mushrooms.
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Varietal:

Sangiovese

- The most widely planted grape in Italy is Sangiovese, a high-acid grape with moderate to high tannins, apparent earthiness and subtle fruit. It is thought to have originated in Tuscany and its name, which translates to "blood of Jove," leads historians to believe it may date all the way back to the Etruscan period, though historical mentions only go as far back as the early 1700s. Though planted all over modern Italy, the most significant wines made from Sangiovese still come from Tuscany: Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino. Sangiovese must make up 75% of a blend from the Chianti DOCG t be labeled as such, traditionally allowing for Canaiolo, Trebbiano and Malvasia for the remainder, though more recently small proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot have been allowed. In Brunello di Montalcino the wine must be made entirely of Sangiovese. Prugnolo is Montepulciano's name for Sangiovese, and it is used there for the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wines. In the DOC of Carmignano Sangiovese can be blended with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. There are also Super Tuscans, IGT wines that blend Sangiovese with large proportions of Cabernet or Merlot. Elsewhere in Italy it is a workhorse grape, though it does find some success (though not the longevity) in the Montefalco and Torgiano wines of Umbria as well as the foundation of Rosso Piceno and a significant element of Rosso Conero from the Marches. Like Nebbiolo, Sangiovese has struggled to find footing outside of Italy, though in recent years California wineries have been having better fortune with grape plantings in the Sierra Foothills/El Dorado County, as well as Sonoma County and the Central Coast.
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