Saturday, July 4, 2009

Terrabianca Scassino 2005

After trying the Campaccio and the Croce (see previous postings), we had to try the 2005 Scassino. The medium bodied Chianti is made from 97% Sangiovese and 3% Canaiolo and has a nice aroma of raspberries and blueberries, along with a red licorice. Like the other Terrabianca's, it has a soft red fruit taste along with the earthy Tuscan flavors. The Scassino is aged in Slovenian oak barrels for 8 months prior to bottling. Scasso, which means stony soil, best describes the terrain in this region. 2005 wasn't a great year for this region, and like the 2005 Campaccio, this was lacking in flavors and structure. Of the three Terrabianca's that we have tried, the 2004 Campaccio was the best followed by the 2004 Croce Reserva. Robert Parker gave the 2005 a rating of 87 and the Wine Advocate gave a rating of 85. Retails for $24.

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