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93pts James Suckling
"A really complex and beautifully balanced frappato that has the dry freshness of the grape in a really polished form. I love the deep, cherry and strawberry character, the savory touch and the long, mineral finish. Drink now. (10/22/18)"
91pts Wine Spectator
"[$50 list] Fragrant, with tea rose and spice notes, this creamy, medium-bodied red layers bright, zesty acidity and light, supple tannins with a lovely range of crushed raspberry, dried thyme and pomegranate flavors, revealing hints of mandarin orange peel and tar-tinged smoke that linger on the finish. Drink now through 2026. 1,000 cases imported. (2/28/19)"
100% Frappato. From 2 different estate parcels with vines averaging about 40 years old. One parcel is older, bush-trained vines on a sandier version of the estate's red-clay-limestone soils; the other is younger, Guyot-trained on more limestone. The sites are at a higher altitude and harvested later than the Frappato that goes in the SP68 bottling. The vines are organically and biodynamically farmed and harvested by hand. The fruit is destemmed but the grapes left whole for crushing; fermentation is with native yeasts in concrete tank with a 30-day maceration. The wine is first aged for 8 months in 25-hectoliter Slavonian oak botti and for another 8 months in concrete tank, before being bottled unfiltered.