This wine fits that general description. It shows black cherry and a prominent balsamic note with floral accents and a hint of mint. A generous fruit seam with good persistence gives the wine more heft than is typical. But the soft tannins and round acidity stay in the background giving the wine a calm, linear evolution, culminating in a pleasing peppery finish. It does well with a slight chill, a good summer wine that compares favorably to a good Beaujolais.
Cheerful and contented, pair it with “Happy” by Pharrell Williams and grilled swordfish.
Notes: Frappato is genetically related to Sangiovese. The Cali family has been growing grapes since the 1700’s. This wine is de-stemmed, 6-8 days of maceration, and aged in stainless steel 4-6 months.