This winery is producing some of the best Bordeaux styled wines I have had the pleasure to taste in a long time. The blend is 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot. It’s one of those packages that actually exceeds the sum of its parts, a treasure from the first sniff through the final finish as you empty your glass. Amazing stuff.
Michel Rolland is consulting on this project and I have been a fan of his wines since 1990. Subtlety seductive and texturally sensual, it is a wonderful mouthful of goodness. Let’s just say this wine has got it going on. For your olfactory sense receptors, this wine is blowing up the red fruit and baking spice aromas and a slightred cedar note that is surprisingly endearing.
Gliding over the palate in a manner that excites the senses, the flavors showcase a parade of very clean red fruit swirled with dark chocolate and a kiss of super ripe sweet blackberry. The smooth flavors and exquisite balance is bolstered by the two years in 70% new French oak.
A wine of this stature should not compete with its cuisine. If I were in Maremma where this wine was made, I would pair it with Grigliata mista alla brace, a mixed grill of guinea fowl, ribs and sausage.
It is a simple rustic dish served locally at Ristorante Il Leccio that would allow the complexity of the wine to showcase the regions signature cuisine.
Rating: Excellent (93) | $175 | 14.5% ABV