2009 Caiarossa IGT


2009 Caiarossa IGT

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2009 Caiarossa IGT

2009 seemed to be a fairly complex year weather-wise for Caiarossa, with a dry early summer, heat and thunderstorms in August and cooler conditions at harvest. Also a Bordeaux-based blend, Caiarossa 2009 is 25% Cabernet Franc, 21% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Petit Verdot, but there is also 19% Sangiovese and small proportions of Syrah and Alicante Bouschet. Fermentation takes place in large wooden casks and concrete tanks with wild yeasts, then a whole variety of different barrels is used for components of the wine according to its character. It's a hugely aromatic wine, the Cabernet Franc giving a smoky, herbal-edged, green olive touch and the ripe, creamily blackcurrant weight of the fruit in this 14.5% alcohol wine layered beneath. There is cedar and pepper, and that sappy edge persists. In the mouth it has wonderful juicy clarity: this is marvelously light on its feet given the alcohol, with a cherry-precision to the acidity and a certain cherry freshness to the fruit, though a deeper, rounder, more opulent fleshiness too. Tannins are refined and finely textured and the swirl of smoke wreaths through the fruit on the finish. Another absolutely beautiful wine, showier and less classically restrained than the Ornellaia perhaps, but still with significant aging potential.

Critical Acclaim

95 James Suckling

Best ever from here. This is a wine that is sexy and caressing with polished and very fine tannins. Full body, with cool and bright fruit and a long currant, mint and mineral aftertaste. Very fine indeed. A blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Petit Verdot, and Syrah.

93 Vinous

The estate's 2009 Caiarossa is a typical wine from this part of Tuscany. Here the aromas and flavors are quite dark, powerful and brooding. Black cherries, plums, mocha, tobacco and smoke all flow from this intense Tuscan red. All the elements are very much in place. The 2009 is Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Syrah and Alicante. 

92 Wine Spectator

Very ripe and rich, remaining juicy, revealing flavors of black cherry, blackberry, spice and licorice. Suave and polished, this delivers firm tannins and a long finish.

90 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 2009 Caiarossa (Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Syrah and Alicante) delivers a surprisingly focused bouquet despite the motley assembly of grapes used in the blend. The wine shows a darkly concentrated appearance with sweet tones of ripe cherry and baking spice.

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