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Rocca di Frassinello Baffonero Merlot 2013

Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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750ML / 14% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Deep ruby red. Concentrated dark fruit notes, especially blackberry and blueberry, roses and licorice are among the aromas and flavors that emerge from this great red. Full bodied, rich with velvety tannins. Polish and supremely elegant personality. Lingering aftertaste of sweet fruit, spice and tobacco.

Ideal with long-cooked meat dish, barbecues. Delicious with aged cheeses.

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RP 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This wine is intended to challenge, and perhaps provoke, Merlot king Masseto. The Rocca di Frassinello 2013 Maremma Toscana Baffonero hails from a three-hectare single vineyard on the Tuscan Coast. Fermentation and malolactic fermentation is executed in concrete eggs and the wine is aged in 100% new French oak. The first vintage made was 2007 and bottle production tops 3,000 today. This current edition of the wine clocks in at a whopping 39.4 grams per liter of dry extract and all that density definitely makes a bold statement. This wine is thick and vinous with rich primary aromas of blackberry and cherry liqueur. Indian spice and cured tobacco are presented with lavish abandon. This is the ultimate statement wine, for sure, but I'm not sure it has Masseto trembling in its boots just yet.
JS 93
James Suckling
A firm and silky wine with blueberry, walnut and coffee character. Full-bodied, bright and fruity. Delicious red. Wonderful pure merlot with so much fruit and style. Drink or hold.
WS 93
Wine Spectator
A dense, extracted red, with earth, blackberry and plum flavors, featuring solid tannins and a piquant, spicy feel. A bit burly on the finish, yet richly textured, featuring sweet fruit for balance. The tannins become more integrated with air, so decant now or age. Merlot. Best from 2017 through 2024. 250 cases made.
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Rocca di Frassinello

Rocca di Frassinello

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Rocca di Frassinello, Italy
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After Castellare di Castellina, located in the heart of the Chianti Classico area, Rocca of Frassinello was born in the heart of the Tuscan Maremma, between Bolgheri to the north and Scansano (the Morellino area) to the south. A great international project conceived with the partnership of Les Domaines Baron de Rothschild-Lafite: 500 hectares, 80 already cultivated with vines, 50% Sangioveto and 50% Cabernet, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Shiraz, to produce three wines in what can be considered as a meeting of the best of Italy and France: the third label, the wine of entrance, without the name of the company, Poggio alla Guardia; the second label, with a part of the name of the company, Le Sughere di Frassinello; and the first label, Le Grand Vin, Rocca di Frassinello. The first year of marketing was the 2004 vintage, with the delivery of the third label on June 2006, the second on September-October, the first one within the end of 2006. Three wines that the wine maker of Castellare and manager of Rocca di Frassinello, Alexander Cellai, and Christian Le Sommer, renowned wine maker of the various companies of Domaine Baron de Rothschild in the world, have judged simply extraordinary, to the point of convincing the ownership to immediately sell Le Grand Vin as well, the first label Rocca of Frassinello.
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Legendary in Italy for its Renaissance art and striking landscape, Tuscany is also home to many of the country’s best red wines. Sangiovese reigns supreme here, as either the single varietal, or a dominant player, in almost all of Tuscany’s best.

A remarkable Chianti, named for its region of origin, will have a bright acidity, supple tannins and plenty of cherry fruit character. From the hills and valleys surrounding the medieval village of Montalcino, come the distinguished and age-worthy wines based on Brunello (Sangiovese). Earning global acclaim since the 1970s, the Tuscan Blends are composed solely of international grape varieties or a mix of international and Sangiovese. The wine called Vine Nobile di Montepulciano, composed of Prognolo Gentile (Sangiovese) and is recognized both for finesse and power.

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