2009 Marchesi de Frescobaldi Tenuta di Castiglioni

Year: 2009
Appellation: Tuscany
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Advocate: 88
James Suckling: 91
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
Price :
$18.95

"Dark and brooding, with a firm structure cloaking the black currant, violet, leather and tobacco flavors. Features big tannins, so decant now, or wait a few years. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Sangiovese. Best from 2014 through 2020. 21,000 cases made." (WS)

"The 2009 Toscana is a highly attractive, juicy wine well suited to near-term drinking. It shows plenty of plump fruit in a soft, approachable style. The 2009 Toscana is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 10% Sangiovese. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2017. " (WA)

"Aromas of minerals, mint and spices with dried herbs and blackberries. Full-bodied, with firm tannins and bright fruit. A little chewy now. Better in 2012. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Sangiovese." (JS)

Winery Notes:
GENERAL INFORMATION:
The rich, elegant Tenuta Frescobaldi di Castiglioni, this estate’s iconic wine, is clearly in a modern key, but holds fast to the qualities of its local terroir. The labels of the bottles prior to the 2009 vintage presented the caption as “Tenuta di Castiglioni”

VINTAGE REPORT:
The balance sheet is strikingly positive, particularly regarding the outstanding quality level of the fruit harvested. Spring 2009, as was the case in previous years, brought endless rainstorms, which severely tested the vineyard staff as they labored to balance vine growth and control pests, but the rain at the same time built up groundwater reserves. June and July, however, brought light levels of rain, which reversed the slowdown in vine growth and brought forward the ripening stage. The vines were thus able to perform at their best, and the grapes ripened slightly early compared to the previous years. September’s cool nights and warm, sunny days ensured that this demanding grape variety ripened perfectly and yielded wines of remarkable quality. Favourable growing conditions made it possible to bring into the cellars optimally-ripened grapes with good acid levels and complex aromatics.

TASTING NOTES:
Tenuta di Castiglioni’s deep, opaque ruby-red, rimmed in purple, intrigues the eye. The nose is marked by appealing, fragrant fruit, with deep draughts of dark-fleshed fruit, such as wild blackberry, black cherry, plum, and strawberry, which shade into toastier notes of cocoa powder, roast espresso bean, tobacco leaf, vanilla, and cinnamon. Impressively full-bodied, the palate shows pleasurably warm, smooth, and well-rounded. Its tangy acidity and noble tannins, already well integrated into the structure, contribute to its exemplary balance. Subtle fruit enlivens a lengthy, long-lingering finish.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS:
Ideal with game such as hare and boar, with roasted or sautéed beef, roast of pork, as well as with full-flavoured cheeses.