2013 Castellani Fattoria di Travalda Toscana IGT
This Old World (European) wine exhibits the bold characteristics and a discernible finish. Castellani’s Fattoria di Travalda is a Supertuscan, essentially a declassified Italian wine. It does not reach (or try to reach) DOC or DOCG status, but settles for an IGT designation instead. This isn’t a signal of lower quality; it simply means that producers have more creative control in what they use in their blends. This region generally calls for a Sangiovese - heavy mix, but here we find the Bordeaux grapes (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cab Franc, Merlot, and Petite Verdot - all that’s missing is Malbec), but in a wine that’s distinctly Italian due to its red notes and softened edges. This is a cool way to branch into new things while staying attached to the old.
**NOTE: this will need to decant for 20-30 minutes before drinking.**