From the 700-year-old Frescobaldi family, here are three wines I liked from a recent (virtual) Tuscan tasting with the Frescobaldi family. The wines are all made with the sangiovese grape, but in different areas, with different results.
Interestingly, all three wines were all even better the next day – fuller and more intense.
The clear, garnet-purple 2010 Nipozzano Riserva (around $20) is a Chianti DOCG from Rufina, its high altitude aiding in the wine’s natural high acidity. The Marchese di Frescobaldi calls it a good palate cleansing wine to accompany winter’s rich meat dishes. With florals and dark fruit in the aroma, it segues to “wild cherry” and some herbal notes on the palate, and a good finish; pair with herbed pork, or beef.
Though the 2011 Montesodi ($40) also comes from Nipozzano, it has a designation of Castello di Nipozzano Toscana IGT, which means the wine can be made with different parameters than if it was a Chianti, for example. This wine happens to be made with 100% Sangiovese. Since 1974, it has only been made in the best years, with specially selected grapes. It also has some florals in the aroma, but it’s a plump, juicy wine full of dark red fruit. Big on the palate but also elegant. Good acidity which is not readily apparent but drives you to take another sip, and another. The Marchese says to pair it with veal and a really good potato dish, but most of all “with great company.”
Moving further south in Tuscany, to Montalcino, the 2008 CastelGiocondo Brunello di Montalcino DOCG ($75) is also 100% Sangiovese, but it is a darker, clear red-purple. Florals and dark red fruit in the aroma and continuing on the palate along with some spices, leather and hints of iron, too. Tannins are big and just starting to fully integrate: this wine can age for a long time. If you try it today, think in terms of a dinner with classic winter dishes like stews or braised meats.