This week, I have a few wonderful Italian wines to share with you from the Lamberto Frescobaldi family. With over 700 years of history in Tuscan wine, the Frescobaldi family are the proud owners of some of the greatest vineyards in the region.
One wouldn’t immediately think that the leader of a 700-year-old family winery would stray from tradition, but it has been Lamberto’s keen sense of risk-taking and innovative vision that has continued to progress his family business into the 21st century. Some of the risks and pioneering spirit include the efforts of planting Chardonnay in Tuscany and Merlot in Montalcino. Recently, I had the opportunity to try one of their Chardonnays as well as two reds, and all three were spectacular examples of what this producer brings to the table. As the holidays approach, you might want to consider bying them for you holiday table!
2013 Marchesi de Frescobaldi Castello di Nipozzano Montesodi Toscana IGT, Tuscany, Italy ($37)
This wine is only made in the best of years with Sangiovese grapes. An intense wine with grand aromas and a long, noble persistence, Montesodi is considered the best expression of Sangiovese del Castello Nipozzano. The 2013 vintage is floral and fresh, with some unexpected yet enticing candied orange aromas and flavors. It’s delicious with notes of red and black fruits, and the wine, overall, is balanced and lovely.
92 | $37 | 13.5% ABV
2013 Marchesi de Frescobaldi Mormoreto Toscana IGT, Tuscany, Italy ($75)
The grapes to make this wine come from 40 year old vines from the Tuscan region, producing a different style from previous vintages. A full-bodied beauty, this red blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Sangiovese, with a touch of Petit Verdot is fresh and lively with lots of character, interlaced with flavors of cherries, ripe black fruits and eucalyptus, finishing long and strong.
94 | $75 | 14.5% ABV
2015 Lamberto Frescobaldi Pomino Benefizio Reserva, Toscana IGT, Tuscany, Italy ($46)
I was excited to try this Chardonnay because of its rich history. Benefizio Riserva is the embodiment of Chardonnay in Tuscany, as the grape was introduced on this estate in 1855. The 2015 vintage is a stellar example of what this plot can produce, with wonderful citrus and lemon notes that dance in the glass. The finish is inviting and offers a touch of vanilla.
92 | $46 | 13.5% ABV