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Rocca di Frassinello Maremma Toscana 2005

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  • WS90
  • WE90
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Winemaker Notes

Intense ruby red, soft, silky with lots of floral flavors (typical of Sangiovese), nice hints of red berries and cherries and elegant notes of vanilla and milk chocolate. Medium-bodied, with fine tannins and a round, medium finish. It pairs well with all red meat dishes and mature cheeses.

Critical Acclaim

RP 91
The Wine Advocate

The estate's top bottling, the 2005 Rocca di Frassinello, is 60% Sangioveto, 20% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in French oak. It opens with gorgeous aromatics that waft from the glass, inviting the taster to discover the wine’s layered expression of crushed flowers, raspberries, spices and sweet toasted oak. This feminine wine reveals a restrained style of winemaking. It offers outstanding length and balance, although like all wines in this vintage, the tannins are a bit of an issue. Still, all things considered, this is a fine, polished effort from Rocca di Frassinello. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020.

WS 90
Wine Spectator

Shows beautiful aromas of blackberry and vanilla, with a hint of chocolate. Full-bodied, with toasty oak, chewy tannins and a medium finish. Chewy. Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Best after 2008. 5,000 cases made.

WE 90
Wine Enthusiast

A sophisticated blend of Merlot, Cabernet and Sangioveto from the newly inaugurated Frassinello winery designed by architect Renzo Piano. It has deeply etched oak tones over blueberry and forest berry. The close is fresh and crisp with very good length.

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Rocca di Frassinello

Rocca di Frassinello

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Rocca di Frassinello, , Italy
Rocca di Frassinello
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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Associated with luxury, celebration, and romance, Champagne is home to the world’s most prized sparkling wine. In order to be labeled ‘Champagne’ within the EU and many New World countries, a wine must originate in this northeastern region of France and adhere to strict quality standards. Made up of the three towns Reims, Épernay, and Aÿ, it was here that the traditional method of sparkling wine production was both invented and perfected, birthing a winemaking technique as well as a flavor profile that is now emulated worldwide. Well-drained limestone chalk soil defines much of the region, lending a mineral component to the wines. The climate here is marginal—ample acidity is a requirement for sparkling wine, so overripe grapes are to be avoided. Weather differences from year to year create significant variation between vintages, and in order to maintain a consistent house style, non-vintage cuvées are produced annually from a blend of several years.

With nearly negligible exceptions, three varieties are permitted for use in Champagne: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. These can be blended together or bottled varietally, depending on the final style of wine desired. Chardonnay, the only white variety, contributes freshness, delicacy, and elegance, as well as bright and lively acidity and notes of citrus, orchard fruit, and white flowers. Pinot Noir and its relative Pinot Meunier provide the backbone to many blends, adding structure, body, and supple red fruit flavors. Wines with a large proportion of Pinot Meunier will be ready to drink earlier, while Pinot Noir contributes to longevity. Whether it is white or rosé, most Champagne is made from a blend of red and white grapes—and uniquely, rosé is often produce by blending together red and white wine. A Champagne made exclusively from Chardonnay will be labeled as ‘blanc de blancs,’ while one comprised of only red grapes are called ‘blanc de noirs.’

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