2018 Castello di Bolgheri Varvara

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Wine Critic Reviews for 2018 Castello di Bolgheri Varvara

Aromas of blackcurrants and fresh herbs with hints of green olives. It’s full-bodied with chewy tannins and a solid core of ripe tannins and juicy fruit. Extremely long and flavorful. Rich and intense red. Give it three to four years to soften. Better after 2024.

James Suckling | 94 JS
The popular Castello di Bolgheri 2018 Bolgheri Rosso Varvàra opens to sultry dark fruit with measured layers of tobacco and leather. This wine shows a smoky and savory side that is rendered brighter and more intense thanks to the crisp plum, blackberry and black cherry found at its core. The blend is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon with 20% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, and this wine gives you a classic taste of Bolgheri with its chestnut trees, cypresses and Mediterranean shrub oak. This is the ultimate trattoria choice, especially when grilled steak or funghi porcini are on the menu. Some 70,000 bottles were crafted.

Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 93 RP
Aromas of black-skinned berry, violet, Mediterranean brush and leather lead the nose on this Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot blend. The smooth, savory palate offers black currant jam, tobacco and licorice alongside fine-grained tannins. Enjoy through 2024.

Wine Enthusiast | 90 WE

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Vintage 2018
Color Red
Country Italy: What are the first things that come to mind when thinking about Italy and Italian culture? There's one thing that nearly everyone tends to mention, it's the food - and where there's fine food, there is almost always fine wine. Italy is the most prolific wine region in the world, outclassing even France in terms of production quantity. Even if you're a complete wine novice, you have almost certainly heard of names such as Barolo and Barbaresco, Italy's most famous wine styles. When it comes to soil composition and other geographical characteristics, Italy offers a lot of diversity, and this never fails to show in the wines themselves.
Producer Bolgheri
Rating 94 JS
Region Tuscany: Italian culture worships the concept of a shared meal, and their wines scream for a chance to be uncorked with your friends and family. The region's Mediterranean climate and hilly landscape combine to create a beautiful viticultural environment, where every chosen grape is brought to its full potential and transmuted into drinks worthy of gods. The vineyards are planted along the higher reaches of the hill slopes, creating a gorgeous view of the Italian landscape. Once your lips kiss the wine, you're sent spiraling down a veritable whirlpool of pure flavor, touching upon notes of sensuous cherry, nuts, floral hints and undertones of honey and minerals. The wines can be as sweet as a fresh summer romance, and carry an air of dignity and elegance about them that can stimulate your intellect for months as you contemplate the seemingly infinite intricacies and details in the texture. Tuscany is an important part of Italian viticulture, and sampling their wines is the closest you can get to visiting this heavenly region and experiencing the culture.
Type of Wine Italy (Other): There are dozens of grape varietals grown in Italy so no wonder they produce such a broad range of most exquisite wines. Some of the most cultivated red varieties are Nebbiolo, Aglianico, Sangiovese, and Barbera, while Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon are also popular. Among whites, you're likely to find Pinot Grigio, Trebbiano, or Vernaccia varietals.
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Varietal Proprietary Blend: There's a level of mystery and intrigue when it comes to drinking a wine for which you're not fully informed about, and if that sounds like a thrilling idea to you, then you're probably already interested in proprietary blends. While the concept doesn't have a legal definition, it is used to describe blends whose components aren't disclosed by the producer. In many cases, the wine tends to be a Bordeaux-inspired blend, but this isn't always the case.
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