La Ciarliana Rosso di Montepulciano 2008
The vineyards, of the family run estate, with a density of 5000 vines per hectare, have been planted following a careful geological and clonal study. The terrain, the loving care given to the vines and the careful selection of the bunches of grapes all combine to give "La Ciarliana" wines remarkable structure and body.
A RARE FIND? That's correct, Luigi Frangiosa's wines have never been available in the US market until now! His wines are extremely high quality and represent a great value. This Rosso explodes on the nose with currant, leather, flowers, and spice. On the palate the wine shows currant, cherry, dried flowers and spice tones which last through the middle and back palate. The depth and concentration are admirable and the finish is perfect.
Domaine Brazilier "Tradition" Rouge 2009
This wine is harvested at full maturity and vinified at a temperature control of 30°C, it expresses all the characteristics of its terroir. It is fruity, round and supple with good balance on the palate. Pairs nicely with white meat, meat with gravy, cheese, cold cuts, grilled meat, tournedos and roast.
89 POINTS The Wine Advocate says "...one of the most amazing red wine values I have tasted in years. A blend of Cabernet Franc, Pineau d'Aunis and Pinot Noir, this infectiously juicy cuvee features ripe dark cherry complicated by nutmeg, toasted walnut, pungent black tea, and salinity that guarantees lip-smacking. Lively and refreshing but at the same time richly- and persistently fruited, smooth and polished, you could hardly have too much of this on hand as house wine over the coming year."