Worth every penny, Stephen Spurrier of Decanter Magazine recently called the 2007 Duemani Cabernet Franc "an Italian version of Cheval Blanc." Duemani hails from a tiny Tuscan town called Riparbella just 15 minutes north of Bolgheri. At the helm of this property is famed winemaker Luca d'Attoma, who you may recall was the original winemaker at Tua Rita when that wine received a perfect 100 point score.
In February 2010, Duemani was declared "The Great New Star of Italy" at the Vino-Excellence, Cabernet Franc Symposium in Rome where it tasted against some of the greatest Cabernet Franc wines - most notably Cheval Blanc, one of Bordeaux's most coveted reds which sells for over $700 per bottle.
Luscious in style, Duemani Cabernet Franc is a cherry-tinged treat. Evolution on both the palate as well as the nose is striking. With every minute that passes, it seems a new layer unfolds wrapped around an ample core of beautifully ripe, bright, and expressive Kirschwasser. Rich blackberries and blueberries follow a splendid harmony of elegant spice, tobacco and fern. Well woven tannins tie together a finish that is far more reminiscent of Saint-Emilion than anything we've ever sampled from Tuscany.
If you are an Ornellaia, Sassicaia and Tignanello fan, you will relish the wine's remarkable accessibility. Feel free to enjoy Duemani now; if you have the patience, decant.You can even lay this beautiful Tuscan red down for a decade. Pair with your favorite hearty winter fare.