Rocca di Frassinello
Rocca di Frassinello

  • OwnerPaolo Panerai
  • WinemakerAlessandro Cellai
  • TypeRed Wine
  • Varietals60% Sangiovese, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot
  • Vineyard LocationMaremma Toscana
  • ElevationFrom 40 to 100 m a.s.l.
  • Vines Planted15-16 years
  • TrellisingSpurred cordon
  • Vines/Acre5,800 ha
  • SoilSchist soil and medium mixture rich on clay and skeleton
Rocca di Frassinello
  • Vinification Stainless steel tanks at 27° C for 15-20 days and maceration with frequent delestage and pumping over for 20-25 days
  • Aging Process 14 months in aged barrique and 11 months in bottle
  • Tasting Notes
  • ColorIntense ruby red color.
  • BouquetSweet red berries, roses and licorice are among the aromas and flavors that emerge from this great red
  • FlavorPolish and supremely elegant personality. Great structure with a pleasant long finish
  • PairingsIdeal with long-cooked meat dish and barbecues. Delicious with aged cheeses.
  • Alcohol Content14%
  • Residual Sugar1 g/l
  • Serving Temperature72 F
  • Production350,000

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  • Press & Reviews
  • Vintage: 2016 Score: 94
    Vinous Media
    March - 2019
    “The 2016 Rocca di Frassinello is superb. In fact, the 2016 may be one of the very best vintages of this wine I have ever tasted. Fresh, nuanced and beautifully delineated, the 2016 is all class. Dark cherry, chocolate and spice are some of the many nuances that open up in the glass, but more than anything else, the 2016 is a wine of balance and total harmony, with all of its elements already in harmony. The blend is 60% Sangioveto, 20% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon.”
  • Vintage: 2016 Score: 92
    Wine Spectator
    October - 2018
    “Exudes smoke, black cherry and blackberry fruit, allied to a rich, muscular frame. Ripe and spicy, with sweet fruit offsetting the dense tannins. Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Drink now through 2025. 3,000 cases made.” -Bruce Sanderson
  • Vintage: 2015 Score: 95
    Vinous Media
    April - 2018
    “The 2015 Rocca di Frassinello is powerful, sumptuous and deeply expressive. An exotic mélange of raspberry jam, spice, new leather, chocolate, tobacco and grilled herbs gives the 2015 its decidedly flamboyant personality. This rich, heady coastal Tuscan red will appeal most to readers who enjoy racy, bold wines. The oak needs to settle down, but there is certainly plenty to look forward to.”
  • Vintage: 2015
    October - 2017
    Tre Bicchieri
  • Vintage: 2014 Score: 93
    Wine Advocate
    February - 2017
    “Brooding and thick, the 2014 Maremma Toscana Rocca di Frassinello takes all the intensity of the vintage and pours it into the glass. That’s saying a lot because this vintage infamously lacked in intensity overall, although you’d never know it here. Rocca di Frassinello makes good on the excellent environmental factors that contribute to this wine. There is the sunshine of Coastal Tuscany, the light sea breezes and the reddish Maremma soils. This Bordeaux blend born in Tuscany offers dark fruit aromas, savory spice and bitter chocolate. The tannins are soft, but the wine does deliver solid structure to keep it firmly stitched together.”
  • Vintage: 2014 Score: 91
    Wine Spectator
    July - 2016
    “A rich style, showing cherry, plum, leather, earth, and spice aromas and flavors, underlined by lively acidity. Finishes long and satisfying. Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. Drink now through 2020. 4,166 cases made.”
  • Vintage: 2014 Score: 88
    Vinous Media
    November - 2016
    “The 2014 Rocca di Frassinello offers good depth and intensity in a mid-weight style that is typical of many wines in this vintage. Red cherry, tobacco, menthol, dried herbs and licorice make a positive strong impression before some of the intensity tapers off on the finish.”
  • Vintage: 2014 Score: 89
    Wine Spectator
    August - 2016
    “Fleshy and vibrant, with blackberry and plum flavors shaded by bitter almond and chocolate details. A pleasant bitterness lines the finish. Best from 2017 through 2024. 4,166 cases made.”
  • Vintage: 2013 Score: 95
    Wine Advocate
    February - 2017
    “The 2013 Maremma Toscana Rocca di Frassinello is a blend of 60% Sangiovese, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot (aged in mostly new oak for two years). This is a stunning wine and is, without a doubt, one of the two best wines I have yet to taste from Rocca di Frassinello. The other is the 100% Baffonero Merlot. What distinguishes this wine is the seamless its intensity and its integration. There are absolutely no rough transitions here and the wine wraps smoothly over the palate with firm determination. The dry extract is high (38 grams per liter) and all that heft and density leaves a lasting positive impression.”
  • Vintage: 2013 Score: 92
    James Suckling
    August - 2015
    "A full-bodied red with dried fruit and lots of berry and toasted oak character. Coffee, too. A full-bodied, ripe and drink-me style of red. Mostly sangiovese with the rest being merlot and cabernet sauvignon. Drink or hold."
  • Vintage: 2013 Score: 92
    Vinous Media
    October - 2015
    "A dark, sensual wine, the 2013 Rocca di Frassinello is also quite inviting, something the best Maremma reds always have in common. Mocha, espresso, blue/purplish-hued fruit, leather, smoke and dark spices all flesh out in the glass. Although the Rocca di Frassinello is mostly Sangioveto, the flavor profile is very much on the dark side, while there is plenty of the signature Maremma warmth and richness woven throughout."
  • Vintage: 2013 Score: 91
    Wine Spectator
    August - 2015
    "This bright, juicy red is full of plum and black cherry flavors, with flourishes of tobacco and spice. Balanced and modern, showing firm grip on the finish. Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2019."