Each year, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar partners with a winemaker to release a private-label wine that is available exclusively at Fleming’s locations. This year’s selection is a collaboration betweenFleming’s Director of Wine Maeve Pesquera, Il Borro Winery Proprietor Salvatore Ferragamo and winemaker Nicolo D’Afflitto.
Il Borro is located in Tuscany, and the Toscana 2009 is a Super Tuscan blend. That means it is primarily sangiovese, but French grapes such as Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon are also included. It has flavors and aromas of red and black fruit with subtle bits of spice toward the end. The use of oak, while present, is nicely restrained. The tannins are quite soft, which makes the Toscana very drinkable for such a young wine.
This is not for aging, it’s a wine to drink now — which I’m sure is exactly what Fleming’s had in mind. It would pair quite well with a nice juicy steak, which I’m sure was no accident. Overall, the 46 Diamonds Toscana 2009 isn’t the most memorable or remarkable of wines, but it’s quite enjoyable. It’s a crowd pleaser. Order a bottle, and every carnivore at the table will be happy.