Tasting this wine brought back memories of that old quote from the movie, History of the World – Part I

“Nice….nice….not THRILLING….but nice. 

You just can’t like every wine.  This bland red, the 2008 Tenuta di Castiglioni,  from Frescobaldi  (have I mentioned how this producer seems to be getting more and more disappointing) is 50% Cabernet, 30% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Sangiovese.  Why use the 5% Sangiovese at all I’m wondering??….it certainly wasn’t noticeable.

The color is a nice dark violet red to purple and aromas are typical of cabernet:  black fruits, slight licorice and some mint.  Flavors follow the nose and add some plain vanilla oak touches, but nothing is very exciting about this.  It’s medium bodied, with a medium finish and the intensity of the flavors and aromas were middling. 

Toted to dinner at a casual trattoria, the wine didn’t live up to the food.  This is pizza wine, and not much more.  $20 and at that, about $8 overpriced for what you get.  85 points. 

2008 Tenuta di Castiglioni from Frescobaldi

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