Looking for relief from the same everyday, boring wines? A Super Tuscan to the rescue! The distinctively Italian Frescobaldi Tenuta di Castiglioni Toscana red wine.
Primarily Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with a small amount of Cabernet Franc and Sangiovese from the Castiglioni Estate in Montespertoli, Tuscany, Italy. The wine is matured for 12 months in French oak barriques and another 2 months in the bottle before release and has 6 g/L of residual sugar.
Sample submitted for review. The Tenuta Frescobaldi di Castiglioni has an SRP of $28 and is available for as low as $17. It is imported by Shaw-Ross International Importers.
Since the 1300s Tenuta di Castiglioni has been the catalyst of the winemaking tradition of the Frescobaldi family. Here, the production of their wines in Tuscany began, enjoyed in the 1500s by both the Papal Court and the English Court of Henry VIII.
We're big fans of Super Tuscan (IGT Toscana) wines here at Reverse Wine Snob. While winemakers using this label have the freedom to make non-traditional blends using international grapes, somehow these wines always seem to maintain their distinctively Italian character. That is exactly the case with today's example from Marchesi de Frescobaldi.
The 2017 Tenuta Frescobaldi di Castiglioni Toscana red wine begins with a really attractive aroma of black cherry, plum, sweet spice, licorice and savory herbs. And it just gets better from there in this medium-bodied, distinctively Italian, smooth and dry wine with lovely balance. Similar flavors to the nose along with touches of vanilla and caramel and grippy tannins lead into the very long finish. This is absolutely a pleasure to drink especially after it has a couple hours of air. I loved it!
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