By. Neil Williamson, VWJ Editor
Ten years ago, I asked Villa Appalaccia cofounder Stephen Haskill if they designed their “Toscanello” to mirror the Super Tuscans that were all the rage at that time. He said he enjoyed many of the Super Tuscans but this wine was Italian in style and reflected the growing conditions of his Virginia vineyard.
Summer is a great time to experiment with Italian style red wines. Casting a broad brush they tend to be slightly less tannic and include more fruit nuances.
The 2008 “Toscanello” blend (65% Cabernet Franc, 20% Sangiovese, 15% Primitivo) is a welcome addition to any sunset dinner or deck gathering.
A muted purple in the glass the color fills from rim to rim with a slightly opaque core hinting at complexity without undue density. The attack features a nice acidic balance and undertone of blackberries and plum.
The midpalate expands nicely to include a slightly leathery undertone with black cherry highlights. The touch of pepper and tobacco on the memorable finish of this Cabernet Franc dominated blend leads silky tannins that linger gently.
Thos wine will pair nicely with many savory meat and vegetarian dishes but the subtle mannerisms tend to push me toward herb stuffed pork tenderloin and, naturally, rich pasta dishes.
Drinking nicely now; don’t put this too far back in your cellar.
DRINK NOW – FALL 2013