The Frescobaldi family is intimately linked to the history of Tuscany itself. With over 700 years of wine making in the region, the family still artfully crafts wines with the utmost respect for tradition and the land.
I have sampled other vintages of this wine over the years and must admit a real fondness For it but... I suspect that the bottle from which my 2011 glass came from might have been faulty or at the very least, greatly evaporated.
The color was strangely much paler than anticipated, almost like the juice of crushed "not-so-ripe" pomegranate seeds.
On the nose, there was the familiar earthiness such as barnyard and mushroom aromas mixed in with stewed plums, fresh mint, cacao and a hint of root vegetables.
The palate was strangely thin and highly acidic. On the second try, it became a little spicier with hints of sour cherry and dark chocolate followed by a surprising and abrupt finish.
If you were unfamiliar with this legendary wine, you might say it was "okay". As far as I am concerned, despite my stupefaction, I will still whole-hardheartedly continue to seek it out, vintage after vintage!
... Dust myself up and start all over again...!
So... This is the second try!!!!
I first tried this wine a few weeks back and suspected it was from a highly oxidised bottle so I was very excited to try it again.
Deeply pigmented ruby red in color. Lively, intense and earthy on the nose with ripe red cherries, cacao dusted raspberries, dried garrigue herbs, vanilla and juicy pomegranate seeds.
Warm and fleshy on the palate with dark chocolate, caramelized root vegetables, and loads of ripe stewed red fruit. The long finish combines a slight bitterness with a rich raspberry coulis flavors. Spectacular. Complex and concentrated, perfect for hardy winter meals.