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 Vintage2009 Label 1 of 5 
ProducerRocca di Frassinello (web)
VarietySuperTuscan Blend
DesignationPoggio alla Guardia
AppellationMaremma Toscana

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2011 and 2015 (based on 3 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 87.8 pts. and median of 89 pts. in 13 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by FaithC2 on 3/13/2015 & rated 89 points: Bright, light garnet. Aromatic nose of sour cherry, earth, Smucker'sŪ Strawberry Jam, toast, vanilla (strawberry shortcake), spicy black cherry, and cedar. Big flavors of red cherry, leather, and red currant, with smooth tannins and nice acidity - a great food wine. Went wonderfully with pizza. (177 views)
 Tasted by Redrunners on 8/18/2013 & rated 88 points: Popped and poured.

Strong fruit with blueberry, sweet and sour cherry, spice and vanilla flavors.
A little over-extracted and intense, but had with spicy pizza that worked well. Almost like a Zinfandel with intensity, but a different flavor profile.
Over-all enjoyable - worked well with food.

Good quaffer for having with pizza, barbeque or spicier meal.

Nice QPR - would buy again. (1587 views)
 Tasted by Jochems on 8/12/2013 & rated 87 points: Dark ruby color. Full aromas of cherry and blackcurrant and some dried spices. Full bodied and balanced with some good fruit and fine tannins. Medium finish.

Well made wine with a distinct Tuscan character, slightly let down by the medium finish. (1527 views)
 Tasted by enovino on 6/14/2013 & rated 89 points: Wow - what a QPR revelation. Had by the glass at Mes Que in Buffalo. Seeking a case for everyday drinking. (1647 views)
 Tasted by RobRhone on 12/21/2012 & rated 86 points: Nice food wine. Good fruit, structure without being flabby (2419 views)
 Tasted by sancor20 on 11/28/2012: On my first try, I did not get the same impression that Ian D'Agata of IWC got. I thought this was light, somewhat simple and non-stimulating. I think it' was good, but certainly no where near as complex and worth of a 92 that ID gave it. Quite rare to have such a drastic different impression so I will wait for my second attempt to give it my official score. First impression ranges from 85 to 87. (2244 views)

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By Ian D'Agata
Vinous, August 2012
(Rocca di Frassinello Poggio alla Guardia Maremma Toscana) Subscribe to see review text.
By Antonio Galloni
Vinous, Focus on Tuscany: The 2009s and 2008s (Aug 2011)
(Rocca Di Frassinello Poggio Alla Guardia) Subscribe to see review text.
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Rocca di Frassinello

Producer website

The top label, "le grand vin" under the classification of Bordeaux, the highest expression of the Italian-French project. A wine able to mix strength, intensity and elegance with delicate tannins which express its fullness. It achieved a peak right from the first harvest in 2004. A highly competitive wine, says Christian Le Sommer, enologist of Les Domaines Baron de Rothschild- Lafite, who created it in tandem with Alessandro Cellai. 60% Sangioveto, 20% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon Vinifiied in steel for 15 days at a controlled temperature (27°) Aged 14 months in barriques, 80% new the refined in Bottle for 11 months." -Winery

SuperTuscan Blend

SuperTuscan Blend refers to wines which feature a significant Sangiovese component combined with grapes not traditionally associated with Italy like Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon. This separates it from "Sangiovese blend" which is used for wines which are predominantly Sangiovese and combined with traditional Italian varieties. There is often confusion as many wines most famous associated with the term "Super Tuscan" like Sassicaia, Masseto and Ornellaia have no Sangiovese and are properly linked to 'Red Bordeaux Blend.'

In fact, Super Tuscan was a term coined to refer specifically to wines such as Sassicaia and Tignanello. These were wines that "fell out" of the official DOCG classification of Italian wines because they either contained grapes not permitted (international varietals such as cabernet sauvignon or merlot,) were aged differently (I.e. in barrique) or were 100% sangiovese - which was not permitted at the time for Chianti (E.g. Fontodi Flaccianello.) Forced to be classified as simply "Vina di Tavola" these wines nontheless quickly found favour in international markets and comanded prices above the highest quality DOCG Chianti Classico & Brunello di Montalcino wines at the time. The wine industry and press began to refer to these wines as SuperTuscans because of their popularity and quality, but also because of the prices they commanded. Subsequently, the Italian authorities, under the Goria Law 1992, redrew the classifications, and included the category IGT (Indicazione Geografica Tipica) to classify the SuperTuscans.


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