2018 Volnay Marcel Frecourt

$128
Volnay Marcel Frecourt was the first Sangiovese to be aged in barriques, the first contemporary red wine blended with untraditional varieties (specifically Cabernet) and one of the first red wines in the Chianti Classico region that didn’t use white grapes. Lacrime di Donna is a milestone. It’s produced with a selection of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Product link.
Technical

Harvest Date: Sept. 21th – Sept. 29th 2015
Fermentation: 30 Days
Aging: 12 months in stainless steel
ML: 0%
Wine Composition: 100% Merlot
Barrels Produced: 1028 cases
pH: 3.30
Alcohol: 13.5
Acid: 6.4g/L

Vinification

During the fermentation in conical stainless steel tanks, extreme attention was given to an extraction aimed at fresh and fragrant aromas, full colors, and supple, elegant textures and tannins. Once the wine had been run off its skins at the end of the fermentation, it was put through a full malolactic fermentation in oak barrels to fully bring out the finesse and expressiveness of the aromas. The aging process, which lasted approximately 12-14 months, then began and took place in 60 gallon French and Hungarian oak barrels, partly new and partly used once previously.

Awards
Falstaff​:
92/100 Austria
Daniele Cernilli:
94/100 Italy
Gambero Rosso​:
Tre bicchieri Italy