Simply a splendid Super Tuscan that offers absolutely everything, and more. At 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 30% each of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, you could say Bordeaux has come to Tuscany with fine credentials. Rustic and full, with layers of clear, chewy fruit. Call it a 1% wine, meaning it is better than 99% of everything else.
The historic Capezzana estate produces excellent wines in a little-known wine region northwest of Florence. This hearty blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah shows the best of Tuscan winemaking thanks to the purity of the fruit and the warm background etching of smoke and spice that complete a very pretty picture.
A beautiful wine from a classic vintage, this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon offers harmony, intensity and elegance. Berry and dark fruit aromas are enhanced by smooth texture, fine tannins and balanced acidity.
Very much a baby, this is one big, bold, burly Cab-Merlot-Syrah blend that’s filled to the brim with extracted plum fruit, bitter chocolate and earth. It takes a long time in the glass for it to lose its youthful, funky aromatics, and on the palate things are still a bit scattered. But in due time things will settle and integrate
Ghiaie della Furba from the small Carmignano wine region of Tuscany exhibits a plush, velvety mouthfeel that is accented by notes of strawberry, blackberry and crushed black pepper. The wine is definitely on the ripe side, but that is to be expected from the hot 2003 vintage.
The ultraripe tannins of this wine are so soft, it would be no shame to think, for a moment, that it is a ’97. Leather and bitter dark-chocolate aromas lead into flavors of sour black plums, cocoa and coffee grounds. Despite this wine’s softness, it should age well on its level of fruit concentration and firm acidity. Drink now through 2010.