Years ago, a good friend turned me onto the Falchini Estate and their Cabernet based Super Tuscan, “Campora”.  At the time, Campora was unknown to me but it made a great impression and one which I have not forgotten. So when I saw the following wine available, and at a great price, I didn’t hesitate.
The Casale Estate, home to Falchini is just steps outside the walls of the hilltop town, San Gimignano. The property was acquired by Riccardo Falchini in 1964,  who descends from an ancient Florentine family of viticulturists, that since 1626 produced wine for Cosimo de Medici. The estate is exquisite, the vineyards meticulously cared for, and the results show.
The 2007 Falchini Paretaio is the result of those efforts.  In the glass, the wine is a vibrant, shimmering violet, trending to darker garnet. One swirl of the glass easily lifts aromas of crushed cherries, new leather, menthol and fennel.  In the mouth, the wine is medium to full bodied with flavors of crushed red fruits, herbs, cedar and spice.  Velvety in texture, the wine is balanced with ripe, firm tannins and a long dried herb, tobacco finish. Will easily last 3-5 years in the cellar but was delicious with Reggiano cheese, olives and bread.  Paretaio is 90% Sangiovese and 10% Merlot.  These two grapes work so well together.  91 points and well worth the tariff of $16.

2007 Falchini Paretaio:  90% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot

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