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2009 Caiarossa, IGT Tuscany

Caiarossa, IGT Tuscany
In sight of the Mediterranean some 3 kms away, the potential of this Bordeaux-owned estate is gradually being realised by the diligence of winemaker Dominique Genot. This vintage 2009 saw just enough sun and water, favouring in particular the (8%) Alicante grapes that seem to soak up  this part of the Tuscan coastline. Completing what is otherwise a predominantly Bordeaux blend, with 25% Cabernet Franc and 25% Merlot, Cab. Sauvignon, are Syrah and Sangiovese. The result is a thumping wine, thick with fig and date compote fruit, overly generous and succulent with globules of oaky fruit, and alcohol in abundance. Full on and grasso! Drinking 2103 – 2019.
David Berry Green, Italian Wine Buyer


I love the immediate impression this wine makes after just one smell. Violets, blackberry, musk spice, I almost don’t know where to begin. 2009 Caiarossa has a hugely perfumed charm with a dash of oak sweetness. Everything is in harmony with a precise balance of tannin, acidity, fresh fruit and potential.
Laura Atkinson, Private Account Manager
Caiarossa, Tuscany


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Caiarossa, IGT Tuscany
The estate's 2009 Caiarossa is a typical wine from this part of Tuscany. Here the aromas and flavors are quite dark, powerful and brooding. Black cherries, plums, mocha, tobacco and smoke all flow from this intense Tuscan red. All the elements are very much in place. The 2009 is Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Syrah and Alicante. Drinking window: 2014 – 2024.
93/100 points - Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media - August 2013

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The 2009 Caiarossa (Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Syrah and Alicante) delivers a surprisingly focused bouquet despite the motley assembly of grapes used in the blend. The wine shows a darkly concentrated appearance with sweet tones of ripe cherry and baking spice. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2020.
90/100 points - Monica Larner – erobertparker.com – June 2013

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Caiarossa, IGT Tuscany
Italy 2009 seemed to be a fairly complex year weather-wise for Caiarossa, with a dry early summer, heat and thunderstorms in August and cooler conditions at harvest. Also a Bordeaux-based blend, Caiarossa 2009 is 25% Cabernet Franc, 21% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Petit Verdot, but there is also 19% Sangiovese and small proportions of Syrah and Alicante Bouschet. Fermentation takes place in large wooden casks and concrete tanks with wild yeasts, then a whole variety of different barrels is used for components of the wine according to its character.

It's a hugely aromatic wine, the Cabernet Franc giving a smoky, herbal-edged, green olive touch and the ripe, creamily blackcurrant weight of the fruit in this 14.5% alcohol wine layered beneath. There is cedar and pepper, and that sappy edge persisting. In the mouth it has wonderful juicy clarity: this is marvellously light on its feet given the alcohol, with a cherry-precision to the acidity and a certain cherry freshness to the fruit, though a deeper, rounder, more opulent fleshiness too. Tannins are refined and finely-textured and the swirl of smoke wreaths through the fruit on the finish. Another absolutely beautiful wine, more open and less classically restrained than the Ornellaia, but still with significant ageing potential.
Tom Cannavan, wine-pages.com, 09/13


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Caiarossa, IGT Tuscany
Product: 14349
Maturity: Drink 2013-2019 (Ready, but will keep)
Vintage: 2009
Origin: Italy » Tuscany » IGT Tuscany Map of the region
Producer: Caiarossa, Tuscany
Grape Variety: Sangiovese & Merlot
Style: Full Bodied, Dry, 14.5% alcohol
Closure Type: Cork
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