Somehow Tuscany is both approachable and intimidating. Approachable because it’s one of the best known wine regions in Italy, thanks to Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, “Super Tuscans” and an extremely photogenic landscape. Intimidating because of the number of wines produced and labels that may need deciphering to figure out what you’re drinking.
Today we’re sharing a Tuscan wine that doesn’t need an advanced sommelier degree to enjoy.
The Libertà Toscana IGT 2012 comes from the Collazzi estate just south of Florence in the heart of the Chianti Classico. Designated as IGT – Indicazione Geografica Tipica – this wine may be considered a Super Tuscan as it is made with non-native grapes and a small portion of Sangiovese (and thereby does not meet the stricter requirements for a DOC or DOCG designation).
Libertà means freedom, and is a reference to the Collazzi coat-of-arms. It is a blend of 55% Merlot, 30% Syrah and 15% Sangiovese. The grapes were hand harvested and the wine spent 10 months aging partly in oak barrels.
The wine opens with spiced red fruit aromas. Flavors of cherry and red currant mingle with cedar, nutmeg and balsamic. There is a hint of sun-baked tomatoes that calls to mind images of sun drenched Tuscan vineyards. Round tannins and a smooth, lingering finish make this a crowd-pleasing wine to sip with friends.
Earlier this month Kobrand Wine & Spirits brought its Tour d’Italia to the St. Regis Hotel in Buckhead. Winery owners and winemakers shared their latest releases with members of the wine trade and media.
Among the many delicious wines there were a number of standouts. Take a look at the AG’s picks in the snapshots below (click to enlarge), and look for them at wine shops and restaurants in the Atlanta area.
Piedmont (Northwest Italy) — Michele Chiarlo Veneto (Northeast Italy) — Masi Agricola Friuli-Venezia Giulia (Northeast Italy, east of Veneto) — Fernando Pighin & Figli Tuscany (Central Italy, on western side) — Ambrogio e Giovanni Folonari Tenute, Tenute Silvio Nardi
Serving ham or lamb at your Easter meal or looking for a red wine for a dinner with friends? Try a bottle of the Tenuta Frescobaldi di Castiglioni 2010, a red blend from Tuscany.
This wine is what is often called a “Super Tuscan” – a red wine from Tuscany that contains Sangiovese and a blend of other grapes, most often Bordeaux varieties. The Tenuta Frescobaldi di Castiglioni contains 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 8% Sangiovese. The wine spent 12 months maturing in barriques and additional two months in the bottle before it was released.
Red fruits dominate the aromas and flavors of the Tenuta Frescobaldi di Castiglioni. Notes of cherry, red currant, plum and strawberry are layered with gentle flavors of cedar. Cinnamon, nutmeg, ground coffee and a touch of black pepper add depth. Subtle tannins give the wine a pleasing mouthfeel, and the acidity is fresh and well balanced.
The Tenuta Frescobaldi di Castiglioni is a wine that should be served with food, rather than sipped on its own. Pair it with lamb, roasted or sautéed beef, pork or rabbit.