Tenuta di Capezzana - Ghiaie della Furba IGT 2013
Tenuta di Capezzana - Ghiaie della Furba IGT 2013 (90 TSW)
Blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 25% Syrah.
Today a Super Tuscan on the table. “Super Tuscan” is a term used to describe red wines from Tuscany that may include the use of non-indigenous grapes, particularly Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. The creation of super Tuscan wines was a result of the frustration winemakers had towards a slow bureaucracy in changing the wine law of Italy during the 1970’s. Winemakers began mixing ‘unsanctioned’ wine varieties (like Merlot) into their blends to make high quality wines. The legal system eventually yielded in 1992 with the creation of IGT, a new designation that gave winemakers the ability to be more creative.
Ghiaie della Furba was created by Ugo and Vittorio Contini Bonacossi in 1979 with the idea of producing a Bordeaux blend in Carmignano. It takes its name from the gravelly terrain of the Furba stream where the first vineyard was located. In 1998 the blend was changed and today the wine is made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. The wine is aged for a year in barriques and for around two years in bottle.
My tasting notes:
In the glass a deep and dark ruby red color.
On the medium+ nose aromas of dark cherries, raspberries and plums with hints of sweet spices, chocolate and light vanilla.
On the palate dry, medium++ bodied with medium acidity and steady tannins. Warm and rounnd mouthfeel with flavours of wild berries, dark fruits, black pepper and chocolate with a elegant and complex medium+ finish.
Still a long time ahead but already very nice.
Recommended with red meats and game as well as hard seasoned cheese.