Banfi Tuscany ASKA 2012 Bolgheri Rosso DOC

Aska is a new project from Brunello powerhouse Castello Banfi. The Montalcino-based winery purchased five hectares in Bolgheri in 2013 and is said to be looking for more vineyard acquisitions. That Banfi is betting on the Bolgheri appellation bodes well for the wines of coastal Tuscany. This is the second release of Aska and I know that a Bolgheri Superiore is in the tubes (although I have not yet had the opportunity to taste it). The 2012 Bolgheri Rosso Aska is a blend of Cabernets Sauvignon and Franc that is aged in oak for ten months. The oak element still feels young and apparent: I’d suggest giving this wine a year or two to settle to allow for the integration of those sweet oak flavors and tannins. The basic DNA of the wine is very satisfying thanks to the lively nature of the cherry fruit and the pretty embellishments of spice, tobacco and leather bringing up the rear. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2022. (October 30, 2014)

Date posted: November 26, 2014