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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
A deep, luminous purple precedes an equally rich nose impressive for its volume and multi-layered complexity. First to emerge are clean-edged fragrances of dried plum and wild blackberry, followed by lively impressions of green pepper and new-mown hay, with hints of smooth vanilla; baker's chocolate and tobacco leaf complete this aromatic mosaic. The palate presents a wealth of sensations, with a dense, silky suite of fine-grained tannins perfectly supported by an emphatic acidity. Overall, Lamaione is appealingly smooth and rounded, with a warm alcohol and a very long-lasting finis
"Dark in color, with intense aromas of mineral, spice, blackberry and coffee bean. Full-bodied, with a wonderful core of ripe fruit and velvety tannins. Polished and very beautiful, with a lovely texture. A fantastic effort from the Frescobaldis. Best after 2011."
"The 2006 Lamaione (Merlot) is impressive for the sheer depth and clarity of its fruit. With time in the glass graphite, grilled herbs, minerals and licorice emerge, adding further complexity to the expressive, vibrant blackberry and blueberry fruit. The wine’s length, freshness and structure are all first-class. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2021.
The Wine Advocate
The Marchesi de' Frescobaldi is one of Italy's oldest wineries, with a history dating to the 1300s. The family has included medieval knights, bankers, lawyers and patrons of the arts. The Marchesi de' Frescobaldi is one of the most significant wine producers in Italy, with nine estates-and roughly 2,500 acres-in Tuscany. The family has been growing wine since the late 19th...Read More About Frescobaldi
One of the most important wine regions in Italy, Tuscany is home to the cities of Florence and Siena, the districts of Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino, and the wineries of Sassicaia, Tignanello and Ornellaia. Tuscany is also home to the indigenous Italian grape variety, Sangiovese. Most of the wine coming from Tuscany is made from some clone of this...Read More About Tuscany
No second fiddle
Merlot is coming back into its own. High popularity led to mass production, which then led to a backlash towards the variety (remember Miles in Sideways?). But passionate Merlot producers, and of course the right bank of Bordeaux, continued to produce quality versions of this grape. Merlot remains the principle grape of top chateaux in St...Read More About Merlot
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