96 Points, Decanter
Frescobaldi’s story is one that is very closely connected with the history of Tuscany. Sitting just outside of Florence at the high point of the medieval old-town, the Frescobaldis spread their influence as bankers, becoming patrons of major works in Florence, such as Santa Trinita bridge and the Basilica of Santo Spirito.
Now one of Tuscany’s benchmark producers, the winery’s uniqueness stems from the representation of Toscana diversity, from its estates and from wines which express a kaleidoscope of aromas and sensations, springing from the characteristics of each individual terroir. The Estates are positioned in prime areas of Tuscany and each tells its own story, made up of nature, terroir and people.
Their 2018 Chianti Rufina is stunning – easily one of the very best of the vintage. Made from old-vine Sangiovese, the team blended with Malvasia Nera, Colorino, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon for this juicy Chianti Rufina, which combines vibrant notes of red and blue fruit interlaced with softer hints of sage, and spice.
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96 Points, Decanter
A crunchy Rùfina mainly from 1970s Sangiovese vines with dashes of both local heritage and international varieties, too. Fermentation in stainless steel precedes 24 months in concrete and large, second-fill oak vats. Its bright scarlet hues mirror equally bright and deliciously savoury fruit. The compact palate provides coherent interplay between fruit and tannin with no sense of overripeness or oaky angularity. It’s mouthwatering now, but resist so its texture evens out fully.
92 Points, James Suckling
A tight and focused red with crushed-berry, spice, bark and fresh-herb character. Medium body, tight tannins and a zesty finish. Some mushroom at the end. Real Chianti character. Drink or hold.
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