Admittedly, my Italian wine tasting has been limited to single varietals or the standard blends such as Chianti, and so the chance to try, what I remedially call, a new world blend from Italy was too tempting to pass up. Fattoria di Basciano’s red blend is a varietal love in consisting of Shiraz, Merlot and Cabernet, a truly inviting blend.

After several years of testing the growing of non-traditional grape varietes, and then experiencing new blends, in 2003 we found the final “formula” for this wine. Beyond Sangiovese wines, the blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah in equal quantities is the best expression of the terroir at Fattoria di Basciano.

On colour, the Fattoria di Basciano I Pini 2011 holds a deep scarlet hue. On the nose, cherry, licorice, and mineral are found. On the palate, you’ll meet blueberry, raspberry, anise, plum and spice, which are bundled to provide a long and silky finish.

While the Fattoria di Basciano I Pini 2011 could be drunk now (give it at least 30 minutes to breathe) it can definitely be laid down for an additional three to five years.  This is undoubtedly a wonderful showing from the Masi family and their Rufina producers. I think I’ll try to source a Chianti from the Masi’s next, given how this red blend undoubtedly performed.

This wine retails at the LCBO for $30.95.

We gave this wine a 4.25 out of 5.

Pairing: chicken and pork dishes will pair wonderfully.