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Wines of Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi Tasting – Thursday October 29th at Gasbarro’s on Federal Hill

frescobaldi logoMark Gasbarro is hosting another outstanding tasting this coming Thursday night at Gasbaros logoGasbarro’s Wines on Federal Hill in Providence, RI.  This is a great opportunity to sample a world class lineup of Italian wines from a highly respected producer.  You can view the details online at   Info on the wines is below.  The tasting runs from 6:00 to 8:00.   See you there!

Pomino Benefizio Riserva Chardonnay 2011
This has a distinctive color: golden and brilliant. Floral notes of mimosa are accompanied by banana, pineapple and kiwi. Swirling the glass releases vanilla, followed by intense sensations of citrus and candied fruit. The palate is creamy and captivating, extremely fresh and long on the finish.
91 points from James Suckling

Tenuta Frescobaldi di Castiglioni 2011
This boasts a splendid purple-red, with violet highlights. The nose offers intense wild strawberry and redcurrant, followed by lovely notes of anise and cinnamon plus subtle hints of cocoa powder. In the mouth, a lengthy, slow-paced progression is accompanied by superb structure, an emphatic acidy, and dense, well-integrated tannins. The finish is nicely fruit-laden. The blend is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Sangiovese.
92 points from James Suckling

Nipozzano Vecchie Viti Chianti Riserva 2011
This boasts a ruby-red color, luminous and brilliant. The nose opens with very ripe fruits: cherry, strawberry and raspberry. Sweet scents of cotton candy and wild roses and notes of walnut are present. Spicy notes follow such as cloves, and star anise. The finish is minerally. The palate is persistent, fresh, and very smooth. This wine is composed of Sangiovese, Malvasia Nera, Colorino, and Canaiolo.
93 points from James Suckling

Montesodi Toscana 2012
This Sangiovese is a deep ruby red, with garnet highlights. Its bouquet is pronounced, crisp, and deeply fragrant, with impressions of earthy mineral, aromatic herbs, liqueur cherries, sweet violets, and ginger. The palate has toasty, well-ripened tannins. The multi-layered finish is infused with almond and hazelnut, as well as hints of strawberry-tree, orange-blossom honey, bitter-orange marmalade, and white peach and plum.
93 points from James Suckling

Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino 2010
This is pure Sangiovese that offers aromas of warm stones, dark fruits and walnuts which follow to a full body, soft tannins and a savory finish. This shows ripe fruit and salty undertones that give it a wonderful juiciness. This is certainly one of the best Brunellos ever produced from this estate.
97 points from James Suckling
94 points from Robert Parker

Lamaione 2010
This is pure Merlot that is a black-red with deep red highlights. The bouquet offers cherry and ripe blueberry, followed by chocolate, coffee, mint and licorice. Hints of almond, both fresh and toasted, are complemented by subtle flavours of tobacco. The palate is decisive, with dense and intense tannins. In spite of the bold body, Lamaione closes with a fresh finish and hints of mint.
95 points from James Suckling
93 points from Robert Parker

Mormoreto 2012
This is an opaque, deep ruby red. A rich, complex nose boasts well-ripened blackberry and raspberry, baker’s cocoa powder and cocoa butter, roasted espresso bean, vanilla and cinnamon, and hints of clove, jasmine, and grey tea leaves. On the palate, it is smooth and well-rounded with a pronounced influence of bitter chocolate, crisp raspberry, single-malt whisky, and vanilla tobacco. The blend is Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot, with a touch of Petit Verdot.

A votre santé!

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