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2007 Frescobaldi Chianti Rufina Montesodi
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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - July/August 2010

($40; 100% sangiovese; 18 months in new oak; 32.4 g/l dry extract; 14.5% alcohol) Dark red. Sexy aromas of ripe red cherry, smoked meat, gunflint, dried herbs and toasty oak. Then firm and perfumed in the mouth, with rich, ripe flavors of red cherry, dark smoky plum, licorice and oak. The building tannins are chewy and assertive, and will need time to resolve fully. Finishes long, with an attractive floral quality. Cellar this for 3 years and enjoy it for another 15 after that.

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Sangiovese

The trademark of wines from Tuscany, and especially those from the region of Chianti, was once the fiasco. This straw-colored flask may carry associations of lengthy rustic meals out on the portico of a villa in the Tuscan countryside, but this romantic reverie must be interrupted with a burst of reality...
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