Cabreo Il Borgo 2001
Tenute del Cabreo belongs to Ambrogio and Giovanni Folonari, formerly active in the family firm of Ruffino but now out on their own. The 2001 Cabreo il Borgo, a Sangiovese with Cabernet, shows a new finesse in the integration of the two grapes with its fragrant and elegant aromas of red currants and black currants, spicy oak, and violets, its ample and polished palate, and the lingering, well-sustained finish. It will drink well for another decade.
Plenty of blackberry and cherry character, with a hint of coffee. Medium- to full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a rich finish. Well-done. Big, rich and racy. Give it time. Best after 2007. 7,500 cases made.
The first aroma off this wine is like a good cigar; it's pure tobacco with a touch of background plum and berry. Lively, pure and snappy in the mouth, where raspberry, cherry and other red fruits mix with coffee and oak-based toast. Nicely textured for food; a touch zesty and raw by itself. The mix is 70% Sangiovese and 30% Cabernet.