2018 Caiarossa "Caiarossa" Toscana

SKU #1565811 96 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This is extremely perfumed with violets, sage, lavender, currants and berries. Fresh and vivid. Medium-to full-bodied with super refined tannins and fruit. So subtle and refined. This is really long and gorgeous. Goes on for minutes. A change in style from past vintages and I like it. From organically grown grapes. So hard not to drink now, but better after 2023. Inner quote mark (2/2022)

95 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Tasted as an unfinished sample, the Caiarossa 2018 Caiarossa offers great insight into the forward-looking trajectory and the solid quality record of this gem of an estate on the Tuscan Coast. This is a blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Sangiovese, Syrah and Alicante, with the saturated and dark fruit aromas of the Cabernet grapes in pole position. A deep core of black fruit is backed by exotic spice, tar and sweet licorice at the back. The finest work here is to the tannins, which remain very smooth and taut, giving the wine an elegant but determined backbone. (ML) Inner quote mark (1/2021)

95 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Intense fruit flavors of blackberry, black currant, black cherry and spicy oak are the hallmarks of this red, which is balanced and well-integrated, fresh and long, but just needs two to three years to unwind (BS) Inner quote mark (10/2021)

93 points Decanter

Outer quote mark A slightly different SuperTuscan here, being a blend of seven different Bordeaux and Italian varietals including 30% Syrah, 18% Cabernet Franc, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot, 5% Sangiovese and 2% Alicante. Under the same ownership as Château Giscours in Bordeaux, this wine is nuanced and fresh with density and power but also elegance. Floral touches combine with Mediterranean herbs, rosemary and liquorice, and textured red fruits that, with dense tannins, give a sense of real structure on the palate and a long length. (GH) Inner quote mark (7/2021)

93 points Jane Anson

Outer quote mark The personality of this estate has become better established over the past few years, and this is an enjoyable vintage. Complex and juicy, slate minerality, it has a seriously Mediterranean bouquet - meaning underbrush, dried herbs, raspberry puree, saffron, sage, aniseed. Rewards taking your time in the glass, because the flavour strands need a moment to unwind. Certified organic, and the long-term agroforestry project, with trees planted among the vineyards is the traditional way of planting here rather than a new initiative. Tuscan estate located in the Maremma and owned by the Albada family of Château Giscours, Jerome Poisson winemaker. A number of different soils and exposures that adds complexity, as do the seven different grape varieties, mix of Bordeaux and Italian varieties. 30% new oak, then back in concrete tanks for 4 months before release. Inner quote mark (7/2021)

K&L Notes

This exemplary Super Tuscan blend shows its world-class terroir with brilliant clarity, yet the unconventional varietal blend results in a unique profile for the category. The flagship, top-tier wine of the Giscours-owned estate, the 2018 Caiarossa boasts glowing accolades and is also an excellent, in-stock cellar value at under $60.

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By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/5/2023 | Send Email
A big nose of black cherries, cola nut and light baking spice. On the palate, almost Syrah-like with cassis, black cherry, blackberry and black licorice. Sumptuous! I would pair it with a roast pork or barbecued ribs.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/19/2023 | Send Email
Caiarossa may not be as famous as their Coastal Tuscan neighbors Sassicaia and Ornellaia but their wines are sensational. This wine is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Sangiovese, Petit Verdot, and Alicante that comes from vineyards that are farther inland and upland than the coastal plain wineries. Purchased in 2004 by Eric Albada Jelgersma, a Dutch entrepreneur and Bordeaux winery estate owner, the current winery direction is all his. Unlike the more Bordeaux blends of their coastal neighbors, this wine has far more components, and the wine is aged in large barrels, from 10hl to 80hl, a far cry from the barrique-driven world of most Cabernet blends.

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