Fine wine importer Quintessential has added Fratelli American Super Tuscan to its portfolio.
This wine is a blend of sangiovese and cabernet sauvignon. Fratelli American Super Tuscan has aromas of Italian plums, spice, dark cherries, black pepper and herbs that follow through to the palate, the company reports, with added notes of ripe blackberries and mocha.
“We were so impressed with the quality of this wine and how reminiscent it is of some of the finest offerings from Italy that my dad, brother and I decided to bring it in to the Fratelli portfolio,” says Dennis Kreps, who co-owns Quintessential with his father, Stephen D. Kreps. “We have not found any other wine designated ‘American Super Tuscan’ on the label. It’s the perfect description for this rich and complex wine.”
Fratelli American Super Tuscan was made by Napa Valley winemaker Robert Pepi. The majority of the sangiovese grapes come from a Calistoga vineyard that has a Southeast facing with volcanic soil. The grape adds brightness to the fruit and brings a roundness to the wine, the company says, softening the “big tannins” of the cabernet. The cabernet grapes come from three different parts of Napa Valley: two are in Oakville and Diamond Mountain AVAs, with the Oakville vines having a Southwest facing and alluvial soil. Cabernet gives the wine its “broad shoulders” and structure, the company reports.
Fratelli means “brothers” in Italian. The label features a battle scene from an 1879 engraving by British painter and illustrator, John Reinhard Weguelin. It depicts a Romain legend in which Castor and Pollux are transformed into two young knights who battled together, spurring on the army of the Kingdom of Rome to a victory at the Battle of Lake Regillus in the early 5th Century B.C.
The first vintage of Fratelli American Super Tuscan Blend is 2017, and has a suggested retail price of $29.99 per 750-ml. bottle.