Giramonte, Frescobaldi 2002 Tuscany, Italy
For many producers, 2002 was a difficult vintage in Tuscany especially for the late-ripening Sangiovese. However, for those who picked before the rains, it has produced exceptional and surprising results, which was the case for the 15% Sangiovese in this sumptuous red blend. And there were no problems for Merlot in 2002, which made up the rest of the wine – especially when it was planted on its preferred clay soils. The Merlot from the Giramonte estate vineyard 100km south of Siena attained terrific, depth ripeness and structure giving this wine a rich blackberry and plum fruit profile with sweet tobacco, coffee and cinnamon. No wonder Lamberto Frescobaldi picked it as a personal favourite. Sublime now, but will continue to improve and age for another six or seven years at least.
Taster: John Stimpfig