2010 Castello del Terriccio

Grapes Merlot, Sangiovese, Cab Sauv
Colour Red
Origin Italy, Tuscany
ABV 14%

The 2010 Tassinaia shows the clear superiority of this vintage. Beams of supporting tannin give the wine its energy and overall intensity. A host of dark red cherry, plum and floral notes develop nicely, but it is the wine's spherical texture and creaminess that are most impressive. The tannins could use a bit more time to settle down, but this is an impressive effort just the same. Hints of dark stone fruit, new leather and spice add the closing shades of nuance. Drinking range: 2016 - 2025 Rating: 93 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Nov 2016)

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Dark crimson. Lively and racy but very dry and savoury. Rather hard work at present. Drinking range: 2018 - 2024 Rating: 16 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com (Sep 2016)

Blackcurrant, sliced Chinese mushroom and hints of tar. Full body with round, chewy tannins and a long, flavorful finish. This is concentrated and tannic yet there is a freshness and style to it. Gutsy cabernet-merlot blend. Better in a year or two. (18-Nov-2015) Rating: 92-92 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com

Castello del Terriccio

The Castello del Terriccio estate is one of the most beautifully situated along the entire coastal region, some miles north of Bolgheri. The 60 hectares of vines enjoy wonderful exposure, overlooking the sea, benefitting from its warmth and brightness. The vineyards are surrounded by 'maquis' and eucalyptus trees, which as well as protecting them, also contribute to the aromas and scents that so characterise the Terriccio wines.

Planted predominately with Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Syrah, the wines are made by consultant oenologist Carlo Ferrini, who has to date brought thirteen 'Tre Bicchiere' awards to the estate.

These are wines that can be approached almost immediately and yet age so well over a decade and more.

Owned by the extraordinarily charming Cav. Gian Annibale Rossi di Medelana Serafini Ferri, once a talented horseman and still a passionate breeder.

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