Thursday, June 12, 2014

Review: **+ $$ Fortediga Cabernet Syrah, Maremma Toscana, Tuscany, Italy, 2004

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Here we have a few American classic varietals - cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and syrah - straight from the hills of Italy; and aged for a full decade.

Original tasting and review , June, 2014: This is Fortediga Cabernet Syrah, Maremma Toscana, Tuscany, Italy, 2004, finished at 13.5% alcohol and first sampled a full decade from vintage date.

In the glass: Deep dark red berry, gritty and opaque from a half inch in from the edge.

On the nose: Poured at cellar temperature and swirled vigorously, shows pungent, sweet, blood red mature fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be full bodied, but perhaps showing its age.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact quite as expected, with dry red berries in a layered, mature, very-lightly oxidized base.  Tannins and acids and blackberry fruit all show through, but not well-knit.

In summary: Overall, two stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for showing all the appropriate elements.  Falling apart at this age, however.

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Fortediga Cabernet Syrah.

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