Frescobaldi Tenuta di Castiglioni 2011
Other Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
Tenuta Frescobaldi di Castiglioni is an intense ruby-red color with purplish highlights, showing a brilliant clarity and lovely consistency. On the nose, fruit is the protagonist with notes of cherry, currant, strawberry, and blue California plum. Added to these are spicy hints of cinnamon, pepper and nutmeg, roast cocoa, coffee and hazelnut. The palate is warm, supported by a pleasing vein of acidity that makes it fresh. Subtle tannin texture; dense and elegant. Long and persistent, Tenuta Frescobaldi finishes with a pleasant quality of freshness and fruit.
Ideal with game such as hare and boar, with roasted or sautéed beef, roast of pork, as well as with full-flavoured cheeses.
James Suckling - "Generous red fruits, full-bodied with modern styling. Ripe-cherry, roasted-espresso and forward vanilla tones with ample tannin and a silky texture. Hard to resist now but better in 2016 and beyond. Best Tenuta di Castiglioni ever."
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 century, when they became the first in Tuscany to import and plant French vine cuttings. Because they have been producing wines for more than 700 years, to experience Frescobaldi is to glimpse the history of Florence, from the Middle Ages to the present day.
Wine Spectator has ranked many of their offerings in the 90s and their wines are consistently listed in the magazine's Top 100 Wines of the Year, encouraging wine enthusiasts from around the globe to become familiar with some of Italy's finest wines. View all Frescobaldi Wines
About TuscanyView a map of Tuscany wineries (TUSS-can-ee) Sangiovese. Most of the wine coming from Tuscany is made from some clone of this varietal, but a growing trend, started by the renegade winemakers of those Super Tuscans, is to incorporate more international varietals.
Notable FactsThe most well known sub-districts of Tuscany are Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (note that Montepulciano here refers to the local village, not the grape variety found in the Italian region of Abruzzi). Wine labeled from these regions is DOC-regulated and Sangiovese-based blends. Quality wine from these DOC areas has been on the rise for decades, with top-notch winemakers and wineries shedding the low-quality image once held for Tuscan wine by producing consistently outstanding bottlings that range from deliciously drinkable to highly ageable. Newer to the scene are regions like Bohlgeri and the Maremma, home to of what are now termed "Super-Tuscans," named for the wine coming from the Tuscany area, but not following all of the DOC or DOCG laws required in Italy. In the 1970's, some pioneer winemakers began buying land outside of Chianti and Montalcino, and planting not only Sangiovese, but also international varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The wine they produced only fit into the lowest Italian category of "vina da tavola," but the winemakers sold the wine for high prices, creating an almost cult following, and spurning a new wine category called IGT.
A little ditty about Italy...This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.
For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well.
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9 ratings, 6 with email@example.com - Abington, MA310/15/2014
A very good wine and one that I will buy againBig_Jilm - Gaithersburg, MD56/1/2014
- Light & Fruity
If this isn't the perfect summer red I don't know what is. Big earthy bouquet with cedar and oak notes and a dark ruby red almost purple color. This gets you interested in the contents. Ripe fruit with a thick mouth fell at the start then it thins out quickly into a lighter enjoyable finish. The finish is fresh and and low commitment. You could sip this by the pool, at a friends BBQ or even with a well prepared dinner and it would fit into all occasions.marty46127 - Saint Charles, IL512/27/2013
- Earth & Spicy
Just a flat out delicious blend! Loooong, velvety and smooth. Let it air out for 30 mintutes..... Enjoy.Demega - Northville, MI45/9/2016ChristineG - Cincinnati, OH55/9/2016gp59mb - Conway, SC32/17/2015
- Smooth & Supple
rossaroni - Pasadena, CA42/8/2014this is a lovely wine, and very good value to boot. Very smooth, and drinking very well now. Although we drink solo, this should be an excellent food wine as well.ROBO3591 - Bellmore, NY31/22/2014I am changing my review. Not a favorite. I had to air this out for 48 hrs to start to enjoy.Did not expect that. Just not my style.41/10/2014
- Earth & Spicy
Nice wine, cherries, cranberry, black berry, strawberry. Easy to drink should develop nicely
- Light & Fruity