Batzella

TÂM Bolgheri Superiore Red Blend

9.153 ratings
9.17 pro ratings
Bolgheri, Livorno, Tuscany, Italy
Red Blend
Game, Baking Spices, Duck, Goose, Potato, Chili & Hot Spicy, White Rice, Exotic Spices, Pasta, Herbs, Beans & Peas, Onion, Chicken, Pork, Venison, Salami & Prosciutto, Pungent Cheese, Soft Cheese, Mushrooms, Tomato-Based, Turkey, Veal, Hard Cheese
Top Notes For
Byron C Mayes

Dark but clear red. Wonderfully inviting nose of black cherry and balsam. Medium full body with a nose-marching palate of black cherry and other dark fruits, balsam, patent leather, and anise herb (in that order). Medium acidity. Medium plus, velvety tannins. This is a fully Italian take on the Cabernets (Sauvignon and Franc) that calls out for food (medium to light cuts of beef would be great… Osso bucco?), but would fare just as well by the glass. Drink now through 2028.

Dark but clear red. Wonderfully inviting nose of black cherry and balsam. Medium full body with a nose-marching palate of black cherry and other dark fruits, balsam, patent leather, and anise herb (in that order). Medium acidity. Medium plus, velvety tannins. This is a fully Italian take on the Cabernets (Sauvignon and Franc) that calls out for food (medium to light cuts of beef would be great… Osso bucco?), but would fare just as well by the glass. Drink now through 2028.

Jul 6th, 2020
Ken Z
9.0

Drank 2/21/20. Tasting event. Tasting pour.

Black fruit, earth, tar, and magic marker on the nose. Well balanced, with blackberry, black cherry, and earth flavors.

4/21/8/5/4 +50 = 92 pts

Drank 2/21/20. Tasting event. Tasting pour.

Black fruit, earth, tar, and magic marker on the nose. Well balanced, with blackberry, black cherry, and earth flavors.

4/21/8/5/4 +50 = 92 pts

Feb 22nd, 2020
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9.4

The 2015 Tâm emerges from the estate's best vineyards, those located on the southern reaches of the estate. Bright floral notes play off the ripe fruit beautifully in this sumptuous Bolgheri red. Lavender, sage, plum, and blueberry jam add aromatic nuance throughout. The 2015 was aged in equal parts cask and barrel. The larger-format casks seems to add a good bit of freshness. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, April 2018)

The 2015 Tâm emerges from the estate's best vineyards, those located on the southern reaches of the estate. Bright floral notes play off the ripe fruit beautifully in this sumptuous Bolgheri red. Lavender, sage, plum, and blueberry jam add aromatic nuance throughout. The 2015 was aged in equal parts cask and barrel. The larger-format casks seems to add a good bit of freshness. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, April 2018)

Apr 12th, 2018
Tom Kobylarz

Powerful but light on its feet, this is a very angular and serious wine robed in a deep red core with ruby edges.
60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Cabernet Franc aged for 24 months in French oak barrels.
The nose reveals the Tuscan coast terroir here with scents of wild flower meadows, earth and minerality in the form or crushed rocks, with a cedar note that adds a seasoning to the black raspberry, cherry and currants. The palate reveals some serious complexity, adding some graphite to the melange of fruits and earth. The tannin are ripe and firm with a full body tempered by acidity that flows into a long, clean finish.

Powerful but light on its feet, this is a very angular and serious wine robed in a deep red core with ruby edges.
60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Cabernet Franc aged for 24 months in French oak barrels.
The nose reveals the Tuscan coast terroir here with scents of wild flower meadows, earth and minerality in the form or crushed rocks, with a cedar note that adds a seasoning to the black raspberry, cherry and currants. The palate reveals some serious complexity, adding some graphite to the melange of fruits and earth. The tannin are ripe and firm with a full body tempered by acidity that flows into a long, clean finish.

1 person found it helpfulMay 4th, 2016
Brett Pinkin

Vintage 2008 tasted Mar 2015 - 1st night at parent's villa in Naples, Florida. No decant needed. Smooth, med-to-light bodied. Enjoyed well with flank steak, but would show better with slightly lighter fare.

Vintage 2008 tasted Mar 2015 - 1st night at parent's villa in Naples, Florida. No decant needed. Smooth, med-to-light bodied. Enjoyed well with flank steak, but would show better with slightly lighter fare.

1 person found it helpfulMar 28th, 2015
Sipping Fine Wine

Decanted for a hour, A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Cabernet Franc and aged for 18 to 24 months in French Oak and a further 12 months before release. The wine is Deep Ruby red with aromas of red/black fruits and sweet spices. The palate shows black cherries, blackberries and cranberries with some cacao, leather and vanilla spice. The wine had soft structured tannins, medium length and ended with earthy notes. Drinkable now but a few years would enhance the experience. Very nice! Tasting Sample.

Decanted for a hour, A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Cabernet Franc and aged for 18 to 24 months in French Oak and a further 12 months before release. The wine is Deep Ruby red with aromas of red/black fruits and sweet spices. The palate shows black cherries, blackberries and cranberries with some cacao, leather and vanilla spice. The wine had soft structured tannins, medium length and ended with earthy notes. Drinkable now but a few years would enhance the experience. Very nice! Tasting Sample.

Jun 17th, 2016
Sipping Fine Wine

Decanted for about an hour before we tasted Franco Batzella’s wines. A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Cabernet Franc and aged for 18 to 24 months in French Oak and a further 12 months before release. The wine is Deep Ruby red with aromas of red/black fruits and sweet spices. The palate shows black cherries, blackberries and cranberries with some cacao, leather and vanilla spice. The wine had soft structured tannins, medium length and ended with earthy notes. Drinkable now but a few years would enhance the experience. Very nice! Tasting Sample.

Decanted for about an hour before we tasted Franco Batzella’s wines. A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Cabernet Franc and aged for 18 to 24 months in French Oak and a further 12 months before release. The wine is Deep Ruby red with aromas of red/black fruits and sweet spices. The palate shows black cherries, blackberries and cranberries with some cacao, leather and vanilla spice. The wine had soft structured tannins, medium length and ended with earthy notes. Drinkable now but a few years would enhance the experience. Very nice! Tasting Sample.

Jun 14th, 2016
Denis Roudenko

16/20 (90/100)

16/20 (90/100)

Feb 15th, 2015
Chris Gillespie

60 Cab/ 40 Cab Franc this one is a winner all the way! Must decant and can open up as much time as you got.

60 Cab/ 40 Cab Franc this one is a winner all the way! Must decant and can open up as much time as you got.

Oct 1st, 2020
JJ Lumia

Killer Wine Night. Lineup of 17 wines. Tasted blind. Theme was Old World Killer “B” (the letter “B” has to be the first letter in one of the proper nouns in the wine e.g., region, varietal, type, winery name, etc.)

Wine 12. Young. Black cherry wet earth, and leather.

Killer Wine Night. Lineup of 17 wines. Tasted blind. Theme was Old World Killer “B” (the letter “B” has to be the first letter in one of the proper nouns in the wine e.g., region, varietal, type, winery name, etc.)

Wine 12. Young. Black cherry wet earth, and leather.

Aug 6th, 2018