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Prelius, Cabernet Sauvignon & Prile
Volpaia is one of the most recognizable names in Chianti Classico. I’ve long been fans of their wines. I wasn’t aware that Volpaia has another project in Tuscany. Prelius is located in Maremma, only a two-hour drive from Volpaia.
In a perfect world, I would give plenty of insider information about Maremma and the estate. Unfortunately, I haven’t visited this part of Tuscany or the winery in person yet. I reached out to Federica Mascheroni to inquire about samples from Volpaia for our YouTube videos. She suggested that we taste the wines from Prelius, which I had no idea existed.
The Prelius estate currently produces a varietal Vermentino and Cabernet Sauvignon in addition to a Super Tuscan blend named Prile. They farm organically like their sister estate Volpaia. Two of the wines from Prelius really impressed me.
- Prelius, Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
There’s more complexity to the Prelius, Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 than I expected. This is Cabernet Sauvignon aged in large oak cask for nine months. Flavors of black cherry, blueberry, capsicum, and tobacco. For such a young wine, it’s accessible now. There are some chewy tannins here but they aren’t too astringent. The wine has bright acidity and tons of “drink me now” kind of charm. This wine can be had around the world around 16 USD and offers screaming value for everyday Cabernet Sauvignon. Score: 89/100
- Prelius, Prile 2015
The Prelius, Prile is a blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot aged in cask for 18 months. This is a tangy ‘Super Tuscan’ blend that isn’t showing a ton of age now, it’s still got a lot of life left in the bottle. Notes of bright red plum, sour cherry, mineral, and cedar notes. The wine doesn’t feel too full-bodied on the palate thanks to the bright acidity. Tannins are chewy but not overly drying, put this away for another five years. Score: 91/100
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