First there’s dark berry nose with a bit of leather.  Then there’s plum, spice, cherry and a bit more leather, all continuing from beginning to mid- to end-palate, and into the finish, which is of respectable length.  A substantial mouthfeel, and enjoyably concentrated flavors. It shines as a first course wine with deep, pleasing fruit, pairing well with a light chèvre.  And it also works with a main course, something plain but fine like filet mignon. Highly Recommended (90-92). BSE
WHO: Tenuta Frescobaldi
WHAT: 8% Sangiovese, 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc
WHERE:  Tuscany, Italy
WHEN: 2009
HOW MUCH: around $22   (media sample)



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Becky Sue Epstein
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Becky Sue Epstein is Palate Press’s International Editor. An experienced writer, editor, broadcaster, and consultant in the fields of wine, spirits, food, and travel, her work has appeared in many national and international publications including Intermezzo Magazine, Fine Wine & Liquor, Art & Antiques, Luxury Golf & Travel, Food + Wine, and Wine Spectator. She began her career as a restaurant reviewer for the Los Angeles Times while working in film and television. Epstein is also the author of several books on wine, spirits, and food, including Champagne: A Global History; Brandy: A Global History, and Strong, Sweet and Dry: A Guide to Vermouth, Port, Sherry, Madeira, and Marsala.

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