Principe Corsini, Maremma (Tuscany, Italy) “Marsiliana” 2012

($30): I’m always skeptical of a Cabernet-based Super Tuscan wine, even from a top producer, such as Principe Corsini, because Cabernet can overwhelm Tuscan identity.  No such problem with Marsiliana, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot, despite being aged in new small French oak barrels.  Neither the Cabernet nor the barriques obliterate the Tuscan vivacity.  Herbal and spice flavors add complexity imparting an alluring “not just fruit” character.  Suave tannins allow for current consumption with robust meat, such as grilled lamb chops.
92 Michael Apstein Dec 13, 2016