Friday, June 28, 2013

Marchesi de' Frescobaldi Tenuta Frescobaldi Di Castiglioni Toscana 2010

Summer finally arrives with 90°F temperatures and Shirley decides to order some pizza and wings for dinner.  That kind of worked out alright, because I was very low on my summer white wines and it gave me a chance to open a Super Tuscan red that I recently purchased from one of our favorite local wine shops.The wine is a Marchesi de' Frescobaldi Tenuta Frescobaldi Di Castiglioni 2010 ($20).

Frescobaldi is a Florentine family with thirty generations dedicated to the production of great Tuscan wines in five estates in Tuscany, and a quality distribution network worldwide.
The family’s start in wine production is documented at the beginning of the year 1300 at the historic estate of Tenuta di Castiglioni in Val di Pesa, southwest of Florence. From the beginning, the family has demanded that their wines be of quality and that they reflect the uniqueness of their terroirs, and by the beginning of the 1400s great Renaissance artists such as Donatello and Michelozzo Michelozzi had become faithful clients. A century later the Frescobaldi wines were served at the tables of the Papal Court and the English Court of Henry the Eighth.

The Tenuta Frescobaldi is blend of  50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 10% Sangiovese.  The color is a deep ruby red and very bright. On the nose I got very pleasant aromas of plum, cherry, blackberry with a little cinnamon and coffee.  A nice smooth palate with all the fruit, hints of nuts, spices and black pepper filled the mouth.  The dark fruits maintained their presence all the way through the long, dry finish with a little bit of added pepper.  A beautiful wine, that was a little too intense with the pizza, but will pair well with grilled steak or roast pork.  The wine was also excellent in the later evening with bites of extra sharp Cheddar and Dubliner cheeses. An excellent Super Tuscan. Very Highly Recommended

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