Rocca di Frassinello Le Sughere di Frassinello 2016

Rocca di Frassinello Le Sughere di Frassinello 2016
£23.50 / bottle£267.90 / case (12 bottles)

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Country: Italy
Grape variety: Sangiovese
Wine region: Tuscany
Wine style: Smooth Elegant Red
Wine Type: Red Wine
Grape variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
Grape variety: Merlot
Drink: Now to 2026
ABV: 13.5%

Tasting Notes

I was looking for a Super Tuscan when I first discovered this wine, i.e. a wine that didn't fit the DOC system because it blended local variety Sangiovese with international varieties. I sort of got there because this is a blend of Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, it's Tuscan - and it's super. However it does fit into the Maremma Toscana DOC appellation. Read more about wine appellations.

Rocca di Frassinello is a collaboration between the iconic Tuscan winery Castellare di Castellina and French wine brand Domaines Barons de Rothschild-Lafite "to bring together the experience of Castellare in the cultivation and vinification of Tuscany’s main vine variety, the famous Sangioveto, with Lafite’s long standing know-how of classical French vines." And it makes for a fabulous blend. This wine is almost irresistible. It's a rich, intense, spicy red with sweet cherry and plum flavours and savoury notes of leather and spice. It is very drinkable with food or on its own.

Food Pairing

Recommended to drink with lamb, game, duck, goose, steak and other red meats, and tomato-based dishes - think Italian! The producer suggests with "full-flavoured pasta and rice dishes, and game such as deer, wild boar, hare. Also recommended with birds such as wild duck."  Many Italian wines are best consumed with food because of the body and tannins but this can be consumed on its own.

Producer's Notes

"A wine of great substance, in which Sangioveto [Sangiovese] and the international grape varieties of Cabernet and Merlot fuse for an ideal Italian-French creation. ... Deep ruby colour, with a broad bouquet of red fruits. It has great substance in the mouth, with soft and round tannins and a long and enveloping finish."


93 points (Outstanding: a wine of superior character and style)     Wine Spectator

91 points
"A juicy red with cherries, chocolate and some orange character"


Almost a Super Tuscan; from the little-known Maremma Toscana DOC, this Sangiovese, Cabernet & Merlot Blend is Tuscan & super! A previous vintage was one of Wine Spectator's Top 100 wines. Spicy red that's a little too easy to drink  

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