Saturday, April 5, 2008

Rocca Delle Macie Roccato 1997 IGT Supertuscan

Rocca Delle Macie was started by Italian film star Italo Zingarelli, and is now run by his son Sergio. Their attention to quality and detail put them at the forefront of Italian wines.

This dry red Super Tuscan Italian wine is made from 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Sangiovese Rosso. They're barriqued separately, the Cabernet for 15 months and the Sangiovese for 12 months. Then put into 3000 litre French oak barrels for three months and finally in bottle for 1 year. It is a full bodied deep garnet ink color, almost opaque after 11 years. There is an earthy elegance on the nose with oak, and toast from so much time in those barriques. On the palate are currants, minerals, even tannins and a nice long finish. This vintage was one of the best in 100 years in Italy. Wine Spectator gave this a 97. This wine really, really made my day.

©2008 photo by Dave Trieger

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