I was treated to a really nice Italian wine this week. My friend thought it would be amusing to give me a Tuscan wine and let me guess. I hate it when people do that.
It was clear with a garnet colour and a tawny rim indicating some age. It had good thick legs. It had a pronounced aroma, dominated by tertiary aromas of cedar wood, leather and tobacco. There was plenty of vanilla too with plums and hedgerow fruits.
It was dry with a medium high acidity and plenty of tannins, some chunky, some firm. It was quite full bodied with lovely flavours of plum jam and smoke with cedar and some chocolate. It felt rich and warm and went wonderfully with a rich and creamy wild mushroom risotto. The flavour went on for ages.
I suspect it’s just on its way past its peak, but it was lovely nonetheless. I didn’t guess what it was – a 1995 “Lamaione” Tenuta Castelgiocondo from Marchesi de Frescobaldi. A 100% Merlot IGT, commonly known as a ‘SuperTuscan’ from the wonderful hills of Tuscany, in a single vineyard at high altitude planted with Merlot in 1976.
It was good, but I’d expect that for the £35 a bottle price from a retailer and certainly would at a restaurant mark up rate.