Norm’s Tasting Notes

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by:Norm Bentley
2010 Tenuta Frescobaldi di Castiglioni 
The wines from Tuscany under the banner Toscana IGT are often called Super Tuscans, and are usually a blend of grape varieties.  The 2010 Tenuta Frescobaldi di Castiglioni is such a blend, featuring 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Sangiovese.  The harmony of these grapes in this bottle of wine is excellent.  The wines of Fresobaldi go back hundreds of years in Italy, and this is a great example of a modern style wine backed by an ancient lineage.
The bouquet is powerful, with big fruit fragrances suggesting cherries, highlighted by a presence of black currant.  The flavors abound with the cherry being dominate, but backed  with surrounding features of blueberry, plum, and a hint of strawberry.  The finish is strong and lingering with a slight peppery aftertaste, and a bit of earthy undertone.  The wine simply begs for another sip, and then another.
We enjoyed this bottle of wine with Rack of Lamb grilled to a perfect medimum rare.  It was a wonderful combination, but other good choices would be prime rib, or any other grilled or roasted meat, including veal.  Norm’s score is 90.
Score: 90
Price: $20 – $25
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