By Dave Faries

Drinks: 2010 Tenuta Frescobaldi di Castiglioni


The 2010 growing season in Tuscany was marred by heavy rains in the early months. But folks at the Castiglioni estates claim perfect September conditions saved the harvest.

One result: their Tenuta Frescobaldi di Castiglioni. The blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with a touch of Cabernet Franc and Sangiovese thrown in, yields brisk berries on the nose, deepened by dark cherry, the soft hue of rose petals and just a trace of pepper.

Perhaps there’s more, but earthier notes fell victim to the bright scent of field berries.

No matter, this is a wine that pairs up nicely with roasted meats, husky steak or even venison. The flavor is fruity, without the overblown loquaciousness associated with lesser, sweeter blends. The tannins round out this 2010 into a velvety balance that lingers on the palate, flickering with traces of astringent juice.

Ultimately it’s an enjoyable vintage, a touch of fresh strawberry and ripe cherry leavened by earthier notes, and one useful for Easter dinners featuring red meats or hearty pork. The wine is approachable without overbearing simplicity.

Not bad for vineyards saturated in the early growing months and vines threatened by soggy soils and mold.


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