TENUTA FRESCOBALDI DI CASTIGLIONI 2009 PROVES HOW GOOD A $25 WINE CAN BE

LEGENDARY FAMILY-OWNED TUSCAN WINE COMPANY PUTS NAME PROMINENTLY ON FRONT LABEL FOR FIRST TIMEimage

While a $25 SRP may be a celebratory wine to some Americans, to others it is the benchmark, where retail wines become agreeably drinkable. Fitting tin that category, we are always delighted to discover a $25 wine that is better than many carrying a $50 (or more) price tag. And while Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi is hardy a secret in the wine world, it is reassuring to know there re names we can trust and depend upon.

All you ever want to know and more can be found below, but the truth is in the bottle and it is terrific now and will last some years. Make sure it is cellar temperature and opened a good 2 hours before drinking. We loved the generous fruit, structure and subtle tannins. Great with chicken, beef, lamb, medium firm cheeses.

Highly Recommended. We plan a tasting of the complete line one of these days.


Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi Releases ‘Tenuta Frescobaldi di Castiglioni’

Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi launches its first wine in the US market bearing the family name, ‘Tenuta Frescobaldi di Castiglioni’. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (50%), Merlot (30%), Cabernet Franc (12%) and Sangiovese (8%), Tenuta Frescobaldi di Castiglioni comes from the original Frescobaldi family estate, Castiglioni, located approximately 20 kilometers west of Florence, in Val di Pesa, along the Arno River. The wine (2009 vintage, SRP $25), which has been marketed under Tenuta di Castiglioni previously, will be available in the US from January.

President of the company, Marchese Leonardo Frescobaldi asserts, “We found it was appropriate to add the Frescobaldi name to this exclusive wine because it comes from the oldest estate where my family began to cultivate vineyards and produce wines over 700 years ago. Since that time, the family passion has flourished and continued to the present 30th generation.”

“The soil of the Castiglioni estate is located southwest of Florence on gentle hills,” he continues, “and is characterized by a mixture of sand, clay and limestone. The land offers a fitting home for the different vineyards cultivated with perfect exposure. The wine is very much characterized by this particular terroir and offers a great intensity of fruit with a long lasting finish, elegance, and its richness is extremely stylish.”

Tenuta Frescobaldi di Castiglioni expresses the typicity and character of the territory of its origin and is consistent with the philosophy and mission of the family to ensure that each estate’s wine maintains its unique identity. The Frescobaldi family traces its origins back to the 11th century in the area where the Castiglioni estate was established in the 14th century. The vineyards at the 513-hectare estate are 200 – 250 meters above sea level. The local climate is warm and dry and the vineyards, completely replanted to high densities in the 1990s, favor the production of wines that display rich aromas of wild red berry fruit, classic to this Chianti area.

Tenuta Frescobaldi di Castiglioni is understated and refined, much like the Frescobaldi family itself, with a rich, deep, ruby-red color that is striking to the eye. The bouquet is fragrant with dark fruit that blends with notes of cocoa powder and roast espresso beans. The tannins are well integrated and offer a warm, lingering finish.

Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi, the leading wine producer of Tuscany and one of the most historic and respected wine companies in the world, combines centuries of tradition with progressive winemaking techniques and practices. Founded in the 14th century and a supplier of wines to the royal courts of Europe for generations, Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi is still a family-owned company today. Comprised of nine distinct estates totaling approximately 1,100 hectares, Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi produces wines utilizing only the grapes grown in its own vineyards. The company continually upgrades and modernizes its grape growing and winemaking operations, maintaining a relentless focus on producing unique wines that express the individuality of each unique terroir from which they are produced

Tasted again in 2013, it still can use 2 years, but is a remarkable value now. Delicious and classy.

Copyright 2013 By Punchin International. All Rights Reserved.

Disclosure

TENUTA FRESCOBALDI DI CASTIGLIONI 2009
DENOMINATION: Toscana, IGT
GENERAL INFORMATION: The rich 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.
TERROIR AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS
TECHNICAL INFORMATION TASTING NOTES
VARIETY: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 10%
Sangiovese
YIELD/HECTARE: 40 hl/ha (2,342 tons/Acres)
HARVEST PERIOD: Beginning of October
VINEYARD PRACTICES: Manual
FERMENTATION VATS: Inox
FERMENTATION TEMPERATURE: 28°C (86° Fahrenheit)
ALCOHOL BY VOLUME: 13,5%
LENGTH OF FERMENTATION: 10 days
LENGTH OF MACERATION ON THE SKINS: 12 days
MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION: Immediately after the alcoholic fermentation
MATURATION METHOD: Barriques
LENGTH OF MATURATION: 12 months in barriques and 2 months in bottle
BOTTLE FORMATS: 0,75 lt., 1,5 lt., 3 lt.
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.
ESTATE AND VINEYARD LOCATION: Tenuta di Castiglioni, Comune di Montespertoli
ALTITUDE: From 200 to 250 m (From 656 to 820 feet)
VINEYARD SIZE: 130 Ha (321 Acres)
EXPOSURE: South-west
SOIL TYPE: Clay-limestone
5.500 viti/ha
TRAINING SYSTEM: Spur pruned cordon
VINEYARD AVERAGE AGE: 12 years
2007 Copyright Marchesi de’Frescobaldi
info@frescobaldi.it
http://www.frescobaldi.it
Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi
Via S.Spirito 11 50125 – Firenze
tel: +39 055 27141
AWARDS
Luca Maroni 90 points
2008
The Wine Advocate 90 points
2007
2007 Copyright Marchesi de’Frescobaldi
info@frescobaldi.it
http://www.frescobaldi.it
Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi
Via S.Spirito 11 50125 – Firenze
tel: +39 055 27141

AbouMarchesi de’ t Frescobaldi – http://www.frescobaldi.it

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