With our dinners of chicken parmigiano and house made fettuccine with marinara sauce at Mario’s restaurant, we had a superb bottle of 2010 Rocca di Frassinello “Le Sughere di Frassinello” red wine. This is a “Super Tuscan” blend of 50% Sangiovese, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot from the Maremma Toscana appellation in the marshy coastal area of Tuscany in Italy. (Maremma comes from the Spanish word “Marisma,” meaning “marsh.”) Wine Spectator – 90 Points: “Dark and brooding, this red offers black cherry, plum, raspberry, meat and graphite aromas and flavors. Muscular and firm, with a dark fruit finish.” Le Sughere di Frassinello is the second label of Rocca di Frassinello, part of the Domini Castellare di Castellina family of wineries in Italy.
Mario’s decants the wine at the table in a unique RoJaus decanter over two feet tall with a wrought iron grapevine stand on a green marble base, pictured here. As wine is poured into the top, it wraps around a water-filled glass bulb, where the wine is aerated, the aromas and flavors are released, and any sediment and cork particles are trapped in a stainless steel filter. The blown glass cone holds a full bottle of wine and the wine is dispensed by simply touching a glass to the lever at the bottom of the funnel-shaped decanter. The distributor even claims that the bulb at the top can be frozen to chill white wines as they are decanted!