2004 Tenuta di Ghizzano "Nambrot" Toscana

SKU #1220973 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2004 Nambrot, a blend of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot saw 18 months of French oak. It reveals attractive note of blueberries, spices and sweet toasted oak on a structured frame, offering outstanding length and fine overall balance. A year or two of bottle aging should help integrate the new oak tannins. (AG)  (2/2007)


 (a blend of 70% merlot, 20% cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon, and 10% petit verdot) Dark ruby. Ripe aromas of plum, blueberry jam and roasted coffee bean could use a bit more energy. Sweet, fat and showing a deft touch of mellow oak but not yet complex. Seems to make up in length of aftertaste what it lacks in concentration, with black fruit and plum jam flavors lacking density but lingering impressively. Comes across as quite pliant, if not too soft, with just enough acidity to maintain its balance and focus. Perhaps I caught this at an awkward stage, and all it needs is a little bottle age to come together. This is the first vintage in which only natural yeasts were used. (ID)  (9/2006)

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- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.


- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world.


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Super Tuscan