Saturday, 9 March 2013

Marchesi di Frescobaldi “Remole” Toscana IGT (2011)

The Frescobaldi family have a long and illustrious history of producing wine in Tuscany. More than 700 years and 30 generations since a Frescobaldi first harvested grapes, they are now known as one of the finest (if not the finest producer) in the region.

This reputation has elevated the prices of many of the family’s offerings and now there are few Frescobaldi wines that can be considered “accessible” to the majority of drinkers. That said, this Marchesi di Frescobaldi “Remole” could be considered to be one of these few, is the cheapest wine from Marchesi di Frescobaldi to be available on the UK market and retails for around £9 per bottle.

A blend of 85% Sangiovese and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, the fruit destined to become this 2011 Marchesi di Frescobaldi “Remole” was sourced from across the family’s near 1000 hectares of Tuscan vineyard holdings. Harvested primarily in the last week of September and the first week of October, the grapes were pressed prior to undergoing fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. This 2011 “Remole” was then released without having being aged in oak.

A pure ruby red of moderate intensity in the glass, this 2011 Marchesi di Frescobaldi “Remole” shows a low (by modern standards) alcoholic content of 12.5% abv in the form of minimal alcoholic legs when it is swirled. Primary and red fruit led on the nose, aromas of red cherry and plum jam emerge from the glass as the legs dissipate.

Medium bodied and relatively simple in the mouth, this 2011 Marchesi di Frescobaldi “Remole” may not offer anything like the complexity of some of the Frescobaldi family’s more expensive wines, although this “Remole” does offer a similar textural sophistication. There is a great deal of scope for Tuscan wines of this style to come across as overly acidic (or to give the impression that they are lacking a depth of fruit to balance the Sangiovese grape’s prevalent acidity), but here this 2011 “Remole” offers a velvety and refined mouth-feel formed of plum and cherry fruit that sits well alongside the acidity of this wine (that has also been tempered by the malolactic fermentation experienced).

One for relatively youthful drinking, this 2011 Marchesi di Frescobaldi “Remole” should be consumed within the next two years.

Marchesi di Frescobaldi “Remole” Toscana IGT (2011)

Score: 84/100 – This 2011 Marchesi di Frescobaldi “Remole” might be a relatively simple wine, but it is very well balanced and technically unimpeachable.

Value for Money: 7/10Priced from £9 in UK wine merchants, this 2011 “Remole” is typically priced for a Tuscan wine of this quality.