|~ Rustic Vineyards at Fattoria Ambra ~|
Fattoria Ambra has belonged to the Romei Rigoli family since 1870. The farm is located near the Ombrone river and is named after the poem "Ambra", written in the 15th century by Lorenzo Il Magnifico. ("the Magnificent)
The vineyards, cover 20 hectares and stand in the hills of Santa Cristina in Pilli one of the most important cru hillsites within the Carmignano DOCG.
The subject of today's review is the 2009 Ambra Carmignano, a pretty floral and aromatic red from these hills. In the glass, the wine is a deep violet and has a distinctive bronze hue at the rim remiscent of Brunello. The floral aromatics are very pretty and the mingle with soft red berry notes. On the palate, the wine is juicy and medium bodied with fresh acidity and good overall structure. Solid and enjoyable, but not more than that especially given that it lacks a bit of the richness the vintage is known for. While it may have been named after a poem, it isn't exactly bottle poetry. Paired well with leftover rabbit and vegetables. 87 points, and a nice value at $13.
The 2009 Ambra is a blend of 75% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet and the balance to Canaiolo and other red grapes. Maturation takes place in French Tonneaux and large cask.
|~ 2009 Carmignano by Ambra ~|