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Maculan Fratta 750ML 2011
Sku: 10312
Product Rating
Critics Ratings:     (2)
Product Information
Country: Italy
Region: Veneto
Sub-Region: Veneto
Grape Varietal: Bordeaux Blend
Type: Still wine
Classification: IGT
Reg. $106.79
Web Only Sale $78.79
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Wine Spectator 90 points - Well-knit and elegant, with fine-grained tannins framing the subtle mix of black currant, mocha, star anise and smoky mineral flavors. Offers a firm finish, with more spice, coffee and fruit notes. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Drink now through 2025. 600 cases made. -AN  (Jun 15 2015)

Wine Advocate 93 points - The 2011 Fratta boasts the bolder, more extracted and fleshier style that has made this IGT blend of 35% Merlot and 65% Cabernet Sauvignon an icon of Italian wine. Perhaps the complexity is not as articulate in the warmer 2011 vintage, but the intensity of fruit and the sheer pleasure factor remain absolutely impressive. It struck me that Fratta is a little outdated stylistically speaking in the current world of Italian wine that prizes streamlined elegance. But timeless classics do exist and Fratta is one of them.  (Dec 2014)

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Wine maker notes
The Maculan Fratta appeals to an inner hedonist. The wine is made from 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot grown in estate vineyards around Breganze, a charming Venetian wine village located along the foothills of the Dolomites. Fermented in stainless steel and then aged for one year new in French oak barriques, the Fratta is bottled unfined and unfiltered to preserve its beautiful profile, which has become legendary among connoisseurs.

For three generations the Maculan family has been selecting and vinifying the best grapes in Breganze, an enchanting village at the foot of the Alps in Italy”s Veneto region. While the surrounding mountains protect the area from cold winds, creating a perfect microclimate for the cultivation of wine grapes, it is Fausto Maculan”s drive and commitment that sets these wines apart and distinguishes Maculan as an innovative, dynamic winery. Continually at the forefront of any dessert wine discussion, Fausto Maculan has received numerous accolades from the world”s most esteemed wine critics. It can be said that Fausto Maculan was born to make wine, having been birthed in the very building that today houses his office at the Maculan winery. At age 13, he began working at the winery during school vacations and visiting customers with the assistance of a driver (he was too young to have a license). At the age of 14, Fausto enrolled at the famed School of Enology in Conegliano, where he graduated with honors in 1970. He then completed an obligatory year of military service as an official of the valiant Alpine Corps, a division of the Italian Army known to have a long-standing affinity for wine. Finally, Fausto realized his true calling - managing the viticultural, productive, and commercial aspects of the family business, under the credo of ”a small winery making great products.” Despite a particularly difficult period for winemaking in the Veneto region during this time, Fausto made a courageous decision to invest in improving the quality of his wines, dedicating all his energy and resources to this endeavor. He studied diligently, traveled to the best winemaking areas in the world, including Bordeaux in France, and boldly experimented with his wines - at times arousing incredulity among observers. These efforts bolstered the Maculan winery image, bringing the company to its highest levels and enabling Fausto to offer his customers a complete selection of high-quality whites, impressive reds, and delicious dessert wines. Since 1985, Fausto has been the course director for the Association of Italian Sommeliers (AIS). He is also recognized as an expert taster, nominated to judge both national and international wine competitions. In 2007, Angela and Maria Vittoria, Fausto”s daughters, officially joined Maculan”s operations. Angela travels the world to represent the winery and Maria Vittoria graduated from the Oenological and Viticulture Science University of Padua to follow in her father”s winemaking footsteps.

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