Saturday, December 19, 2009

Torciano Baldassarre Rosso Toscano 2003 wine review by (PB)

Real Time Review: Ah, the season of gift giving tis lovely! Only a couple hours ago a friend walks into my office and gives me this Tuscan red.

Opaque red with purple remnant hue and an ample bouquet of classic Sangiovese dried cherry notes with light, fresh cherry undertones and a nice Chianti earthiness. This Super Tuscan--meaning it does not conform to Chianti rules regarding the blend but includes Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot) is just, well-NICE.

Palate--Mature, integrated wine with a front hint of licorice, bready fruit, still presenting a chewy tannic backbone that could use another year or two. Light chocolate layer emerges and more dried cherry fruit. Ends with a nice earthy finish that hangs on forever.

This is a nice example of a Super Tuscan and Chianti come-of-age. Thanks MB! Raise a glass!

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