James Suckling 91
"A juicy red with cherries, chocolate and some orange character. Medium body, round tannins and a flavorful finish. Delicious aftertaste. Drink now."~JS
"The 2016 Le Sughere di Frasinello is laced with bright red cherry, plum, white chocolate and floral notes. Medium in body and gracious, Le Sughere is quite pretty in 2016. The new oak needs time to fully assimilate. Otherwise, this is very nicely done. Time in glass helps the wine come together. Le Sughere is 50% Sangioveto, 25% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, but it is the red-toned fruit of the Sangioveto (Sangiovese) that is particularly expressive today."~AG
"This wine takes its name from the cork trees ("sughero" in Italian) that surround the vineyard. A wine of great character, the native Sangioveto and the international varietals Cabernet and Merlot are blended together to realize an ideal Italian-French wine. Deep ruby red in color. Le Sughere di Frasinello bursts from the glass with an exciting melange of sweet red cherries, herbs, licorice and tobacco. It shows lovely mid-palate depth in a medium-bodied, sleek style supported by firm yet well-integrated tannins. Ideal with all roasts, grills, barbecues, and with sautéed fillets of beef. Great with cheeses as well."~Winery Notes
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Looking to expand beyond the heavily saturated Chianti Classico area, Castellare turned to the natural outlet of Maremma. What started as a small expansion plan took on a new dimension, as a unique joint venture between Castellare and Domaines Barons de Rothschild-Lafite, the first partnership of its kind.The project couples Castellare's experience in the growing and vinification of Sangioveto with Lafite's experience in classic French varietals. Extensive research led to a site selection in the hills formed by the two sides of the old Aurelia in Monteregio di Massa Marittima. The first vineyards were planted on 17 acres in 2000; however, today, this successful project oversees almost 200 acres of vineyards in an unrivalled microclimate for native varietals.