So after a very long wait we finally got the call that our wine had arrived at the local LCBO store. If you missed our previous blog Italian Wines – A Little Rant, A Little Rave we explained we attended an event in late 2011 where we had the chance to meet some of Italy’s most famous female winemakers, sample their wines and place an order. With almost eight months going by, the wine has finally arrived.
Together we ordered 22 bottles from various vineyards…one’s we loved, and others we enjoyed and thought were a good value because of their price point.
The one we really loved was the 2008 Marchesi De’ Frescobaldi Tenuta Di Castiglioni priced at $21.95. Coming from Tuscany one of Italy’s most famous wine regions the vineyard of the Frescobaldi estate of Tenuta di Castiglioni is situated in the Chianti Colli Fiorentini zone, in the area of Montespertoli.
This is the estate’s iconic wine, and the labels of the bottles prior to the 2009 vintage, like the ones we purchased presented the caption as “Tenuta di Castiglioni”. There were only about 10,000 cases of this vintage bottled and the wine itself is a blend of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot and sangiovese; aged for two years in new oak.
It’s been so long since we tasted it but I remember it being dark in colour, full-bodied and tasting of cherries and dark berries. I’d like to say we’ll be able to taste it again soon but we’ve decided to lay it down for a few years and let it get even better.
The wine we bought the most of (12 bottles) which we really enjoyed and thought was a great value was the 2007 Bosco Montepulciano d”Abruzzo. Since it’s taken so long for the wines to arrive (and of course being the curious type) I checked in at the LCBO if they were already carrying these wines and could we have just walked in and picked them up without the wait.
The LCBO had a Bosco Montepulciano d”Abruzzo on general list for $7.65 and I was trying to figure out why we paid $15 per bottle when there was nothing on the label of our bottle that distinguished it from the one in the store. It wasn’t a DOCG instead of a DOC, the label didn’t say Reserve (which generally means nothing by the way) so I”m assuming it was the vintage…ours is a 2007 and in the store was a 2011. So of course you know we’ll now have to go and pick up a bottle of 2011 and compare it to the 2007. This sounds like a project for Sunday when Italy takes on Spain in the 2012 Euro cup finale. Viva Italia!!!!!
This wine is produced and bottled in Pescara which is in the Abruzzo region of Italy. Pescara is located on the Adriatic coast and even though it’s a coastal city it’s climate is influenced by the surrounding mountains making for hot dry summers…perfect for making great wine.
There were of course other wines we purchased and as we uncork them we’ll let you know what we think. But until then a toast to bella Italia a place we feel makes great wines and is near and dear to our hearts.