2011 Rocca Di Frassinello Le Sughere

WINE: "This wine takes its name from the cork trees ("sughero" in Italian) that surround the vineyard. A wine of great character, the native Sangioveto and the international varietals Cabernet and Merlot are blended together to realize an ideal Italian-French wine." -Importer TASTING NOTES: "Color: Deep ruby red Bouquet: Nose of red fruit with subtle hints of sweet vanilla Flavor: Big structure, but very elegant with velvet tannins Pairings: Ideal with roasted red meats and aged cheeses" - Importer WINERY: "Looking to expand beyond the heavily saturated Chianti Classico area, Castellare turned to the natural outlet of Maremma. What started as a small expansion plan took on a new dimension, as a unique joint venture between Castellare and Domaines Barons de Rothschild-Lafite, the first partnership of its kind.The project couples Castellare’s experience in the growing and vinification of Sangioveto with Lafite’s experience in classic French varietals. Extensive research led to a site selection in the hills formed by the two sides of the old Aurelia in Monteregio di Massa Marittima. The first vineyards were planted on 17 acres in 2000; however, today, this successful project oversees almost 200 acres of vineyards in an unrivalled microclimate for native varietals." -Importer [+]