Frescobaldi is one of the oldest family-owned wineries in the world — in fact, it's quite possibly one of the oldest wineries in the world, period, dating back to about 1300. Yet, the Tuscany-based company continues to evolve with new brands and new areas of production.
Here are four of its current releases.
2012 Frescobaldi Castello Pomino Chardonnay ($19). Pomino is a little-know appellation residing within the Rufina region of Chianti. But chardonnay isn’t a recent addition to Pomino seeking to capitalize on international taste. In fact, the Frescobaldis planted the French varietal here in 1855. The wine itself is very chablis-like with slightly chalky and minerally characteristics, yet fresh with good apple fruitiness. A good shellfish wine.
2012 Frescobaldi Ammiraglia Vermentino ($16). Very fragrant with pastel fruit aromas and flavors — almost minty, apple/grapey ones — and good acidity.
2011 Frescobaldi Terre More dell’ Ammiraglia Maremma Cabernet ($16). Pleasant cabernet flavors, on the darker side with mature blackberries with burnished wood notes and good finishing acidity.
2011 Frescobaldi Pietra Reglia dell’ Ammiraglia Morellini di Scansano Riserva ($23). Citrusy fruit with light black raspberry flavors, a medium-weight body and light, pleasant tannins.