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(Left to Right) Dave Abbott, Winemaker Giovanni Ricasoli, Frank Pagliaro,
Fran Stellini, Brian Growney and Patrick Travis

I started out with great intentions to plan a proper in-shop tasting with ample notice when I first met with Winemaker Giovanni Ricasoli of Castello di Cacchiano. All the key people were there... importer Dave Abbott, local supplier Fran Stellini, in-house FranksWine somm Patrick Travis, and foodie Brian Growney. I assured them that I would pack the house.

Now it's sure to be a flop.

Unless...

...I have Fran open the good stuff today?! I received a small amount of the Cacchiano 2007 Millennio which was NOT to be tasted because of it's rareness and ability to sell on it's own due to it's great reputation and high scores by just about every wine critic on the planet. But I feel a bribe is due today. I need to impress Fran, Dave and Giovanni and show them that I can get diehard Tuscan wine fans to show up today!

Corks POP in less than 3 hours... we'll have a selection of cheeses, charcuterie and flatbreads from our DiBruno Bros section to pair up with these 4 Sangiovese-based wines. And like all our in-shop tastings here at FranksWine it's free of charge!


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Castello di Cacchiano 2007 Millennio
Regularly Priced at $59.99
$44.99 with 8-pack Sampler!

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This Chianti Classico is made of 100% Sangiovese and barrel aged for a total of 30 months in small French Allier barriques. This rarity is not produced in every vintage but only when conditions are absolutely perfect like they were in 2007. The grapes from this vineyard come from the highest altitude in Tuscany with Southern exposure giving the Sangiovese great ripeness.

This rare gem is host to a beautiful mix of black mineral, fruit, dried mint and eucalyptus. The wine shows elegant evolution in the glass and backs it up with dry, polished tannins. This is a stunning effort by Giovanni... drinks well after a few hours of decanting, but pretty tight right out of the bottle. It can easily age another 15 - 20 years. Only 525 cases produced.

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Castello di Cacchiano 2006 Riserva
Regularly Priced at $49.99
$37.49 with 8-pack Sampler!

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95% Sangiovese and finished off with Canaiolo, Malvasia Nera and Colorino then aged in Allier barriques for 36 months. You would think with all that oak it'd be like having a mouthful of toothpicks, but WOW... Giovanni is all about balance!

This 8 year-old Chianti Classico is chiseled and focused. It offers a full spectrum of Sangiovese characteristics with balsamic herb and mineral tones followed by crushed stone and delicate clove or nutmeg. This Riserva is equally impressive in the mouth with firm structure and enduring fruit flavors. This is one of the nicest collections of library releases by Giovanni... it'll easily age another 10+ years. 738 cases originally produced - 56 cases re-released in 2013.

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Castello di Cacchiano 2009 Classico
Regularly Priced at $29.99
$22.49 with 8-pack Sampler!

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Same blend as the Riserva above but aged for 6 less months in French barrels. The youthfulness of the 2009 really shines... you almost think you're looking at a 2014 Pinot Noir with it's incredible clarity. How do you do that, Giovanni?!

A bright ruby red in color, this Chianti Classico shows well-integrated aromas of tart red cherries, tobacco, sunbaked earth, and a hint of cedar spice. On the palate the firm structure and refreshing acidity make it a very versatile food wine. 3,880 cases produced.

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Castello di Cacchiano 2012 Rosato
Regularly Priced at $19.99
$14.99 with 8-pack Sampler!

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100% Sangiovese with no oak influence whatsoever. I was so psyched when Giovanni pulled this one out of the fridge... you all know what a HUGE rosé fan I am and this one makes my top 5 of this season's releases. I was a bit bummed when I saw the vintage 2012, because I always make a habit to buy ONLY the current vintage of rosé. But Giovanni promised me that 2012 is indeed is current vintage... he holds his Rosato back for a full year to settle before releasing to market.

First off the gorgeous dark robe on this wine makes you think that you're about to drink a whimpy red wine from a crappy wine region. Then you realize that the color is massive compared to most other rosés you'll see at FranksWine. This beauty starts with full-on cranberry in the nose... OMG... I've never smelled such an intense bouquet in a rosé! On the palate another experience I've not had in a rosé... it's freakin' tannic! If I closed my eyes and drank this wine blind at room temperature I would swear on my life that it's a dry Chianti. For all you out there who poo-poo rosé I've finally found the ONE FOR YOU! A mere 182 cases were produced.

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