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Saturday, February 18, 2012

2008 Castello Vicchiomaggio Ripa delle More

This wine is a total gem right now in the wine industry! It's selling retail for under forty dollars right now in my shop and it's drinking every bit as good as some $60-80 Tuscan wines. It's composed of 60% Sangiovese, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Merlot, and is was aged in small French oak barriques for 18-24 months. All the grapes harvested for this particular bottling come from 20 year or older vines.

This darkly colored blend shows beautiful and intoxicating aromas of ripe black cherry, blackberry, vanilla, tea leaf, tobacco, plum, and spice. It has very beautiful and ripe fruit aromas, but just the right amount of soil and leather to give it a proper sense of place and make it truly Tuscan.

On the palate the wine continues to display it's ripe and luscious black cherry and raspberry notes, and also shows some really nice and creamy vanilla and toasted oak flavors. It's like tasting a wonderful black raspberry pie right out of the oven and having it with a spicy chai latte! This wine is sleek and ultra sexy on the palate, and finishes with ripe tannins and loads of rich berry fruit.

I'll say it again....I'm really quite baffled that this wine is selling retail for under fifty dollars. You just don't find this silky texture and purity of fruit in wines in the affordable price tier. It's a true stunner... 94 points


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Zavedeniq Banya said...

Italy is a country steeped in history, culture and cuisine, as well as a rich vinicultural heritage. Over the centuries the Greeks, Etruscans and Romans all played a significant role in the development of different wine styles, the way grapevines were grown, the evolution of winemaking traditions and the considerable changes in storage methods as wine moved from amphorae to bottle.

 
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