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Tuscan wines of Leonardo Frescobaldi

By Jessica Yadegaran
Friday, April 16th, 2010 at 11:25 am in Corkheads.

Had the great pleasure of meeting the Marchese Leonardo Frescobaldi during a tasting of his Tuscan wines last night at Pleasant Hill Wine Merchants in Pleasant Hill. Frescobaldi will be at Prima Vini tonight, April 16, at 5:30. Tickets for non club members is $20. I strongly recommend you check it out.

The Frescobaldis are Italy’s oldest winemaking family. They’ve been making gorgeous, powerful yet balanced wines for 700 years. They make their wines as naturally as possible, fermenting in barrel with little chemical intervention.

While their wines and reputation are firmly planted in tradition, they are also quite revolutionary in their thinking, creating the first Italian-American hybrid wines with Robert Mondavi in the 90s and planting merlot grapes in the Montalcino for the first time in the 70s.

My favorite from the tasting is as follows:

2006 Frescobaldi Mormoretto Super Tuscan: This wine is alive. It is an elegant blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and cabernet franc that hails from a single vineyard cru of Castello di Nippozano with percentages that remain fixed year after year. As Frescobaldi said, “I’m not in pharmaceuticals.”  

As for the wine, the tannins are fine and silky. The aromas and flavors are a complex mix of dark fruit, cocoa, smoke, and spice. I love this wine and think it will age beautifully in the years to come.

Prima is also offering a Tuscan dinner with the Marchese following the tasting at 7. The price is $58, which is half what Prima usually charges for winemaker’s dinners. Jump on by reserving your spot with Prima at 925-935-7780.

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