Pomino Benefizio Riserva Marchese de’ Frescobaldi
A distinctive colour; golden and brilliant. Floral notes of mimosa are accompanied by tropical fruits like banana, pineapple and kiwi. Swirling the glass releases vanilla, followed by intense sensations of citrus and candied fruit. The palate is creamy and captivating, extremely fresh and long on the finish.
1 x 75cl
Pomino (‘little apple’) is a small DOC located in central Italy’s picturesque region of Tuscany. The classified area encompasses the town of Pomino and includes vineyards within the Chianti Rufina sub-zone in the province of Florence. Although relatively unknown, this is a premium wine producing area, and was granted its DOC title in 1983.
In a decree drawn up by the Grand Duke of Tuscany in 1716, he declared Pomino to be one of four major areas in Tuscany that had the potential to produce quality wines. It was also hailed by the 17th-century writer and scientist Francesco Redi, who said, ‘The Pomino district has become famous in Tuscan oenology for the exquisite quality of the wines obtained from the grapes grown on its limestone slopes. And it is there that the Albizi and the bishops of Florence have maintained estates since times quite remote.’
Thanks to the Albizi family’s influence, the excellent reputation of this area’s wines was established. However, some of the family was exiled due to a political dispute, taking refuge in Provence. On their return in the 19th century, they brought with them oenological expertise from France, and once they had reclaimed their lands they introduced new varieties such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Chardonnay which are prevalent in many present-day wines.
Today, the Marchesi di Frescobaldi Company has a very strong presence in this classified zone – the company owns nine estates with more than 2470 acres (1000ha) of vineyards at altitudes of 500–700m (1640–2296m). These lie at the heart of the DOC, where the terroir is best, the climate is ideal, the soils are mainly rich in sand and clay, and the slopes face south-west.
The bianco wines are dominated by Pinot Bianco, Chardonnay and Trebbiano. Characteristically they offer fragrant aromas of acacia, green apples and peaches with a balanced, textural palate and a lingering finish. The rosso wines combine mainly Canaiolo, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. This red must be aged for one year, while the riserva requires two additional years. There is also a vin santo included in this DOC, which varies from dry to sweet and must be aged for three years in caratelli (small oak barrels).
700 Years in the History of Wine
Florentine family devoted to the production of great Tuscan wines for thirty generations. With the goal of being the most prestigious Tuscan wine producer, the Frescobaldi family believes in respect for the territory, strives for the excellence of their grapes, and invests in communications technology and in human resources professionalism.
Tradition, modernity and entrepreneurial development
A precious heredity passed down through the centuries, the production philosophy of the Frescobaldis is based on the absolute principals of respect for tradition and openness to research and experimentation.
In 1855 at the estates of Nipozzano and Pomino, they were the first in Tuscany to plant Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Nero and Chardonnay. At Pomino in 1894 they built the first Italian gravity-fed cellars and in the same time period they distinguished themselves for the introduction of ‘specialized vineyards’.
In 1989 they acquired, the estate of Castelgiocondo in Montalcino, and in 1990 established the Consortium of Olive Producers of Central Tuscany and introduced their extra-virgin olive oil, Laudemio.
In 1995 the family inaugurated the Estate of Luce della Vite in Montalcino, and in 2000 acquired the Estate of Conti Attems located in Friuli.
The latest projects for the Frescobaldis include management of the Ornellaia estate in Bolgheri, which began in 2005, and the inauguration in 2011 of the very modern cellars of Ammiraglia in Maremma.
Passion for Wine: 700 Years of History
The history of the Frescobaldi family begins around the year 1000,during the same time period as the birth of the banking industry of Medieval Florence. The Frescobaldis quickly became the absolute protagonists of political and economic life earning them the right to the title ‘treasurers to the English Crown’.
They inscribed their name in the history of Florence commissioning grand public and architectural works such as the Santa Trinità bridge on the river Arno, and the construction of the Church of Santo Spirito designed by Brunelleschi. Among the most illustrious representatives of the family, Dino Frescobaldi played an important role: poet of the dolce stil-novo, he was celebrated for having recovered and returned to his friend in exile, Dante Alighieri, the first cantos of the Divine Comedy, allowing Dante to continue his work. Gerolamo Frescobaldi, an early composer of Baroque music, is still remembered as one of its most influential representatives and created works of great notoriety.
The family’s start in wine production is documented at the beginning of the year 1300 at the historic estate of Tenuta di Castiglioni in Val di Pesa, southwest of Florence. From the beginning, the family has demanded that their wines be of quality and that they reflect the uniqueness of their terroirs, and by the beginning of the 1400s great Renaissance artists such as Donatello and Michelozzo Michelozzi had become faithful clients. A century later the Frescobaldi wines were served at the tables of the Papal Court and the English Court of Henry the Eighth.