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Wine of the Week: Tenuta di Biserno August 16, 2010

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“The estate lies among the hills of Bibbona. Previously unknown to wine production, it borders the DOC of Bolgheri. The vineyards of Bibbona and Bolgheri meet each other, as Lodovico observes, “very similar to Saint Emilion and Pomerol.”  Lodovico learned about this parcel of land from Dante Scanavino, his then-General Manager at Ornellaia. Lodovico surveyed the land and was struck by the similarities between this terroir and that of Masseto. But beyond that, what Lodovico recognized here were other elements in the soil that immediately inspired him to plant Cabernet Franc. He “bet” that this varietal would thrive in this terroir. Also, the panorama of the property was breathtaking, with views down to the Tyrreanean Sea all the way to Corsica.  Lodovico Antinori has been head of Lamson International for the last 25 years. In the mid 1980s, MLA founded Ornellaia, the avant-garde winery located in Bolgheri in the Upper Maremma, producing the world-acclaimed wines, Masseto and Poggio alle Gazze. After the company was sold at the beginning of the 21st century, Lodovico, together with his brother, Piero, decided to establish a new wine project, having discovered a new terroir with great potential in the neighboring commune of Bibbona.”  Excerpt from biserno.it

Biserno I.jpg “World-renowned oenologist and consultant Michel Rolland was born and raised in Bordeaux, where he underwent his early training, excelling in his studies at the Bordeaux Faculty of Oenology. Michel consults for premium wineries all over the winemaking world.  ‘Lodovico Antinori asked me to be involved in his new project in Tuscany, and I couldn’t refuse him. We have worked together for more than 15 years, and so I am sure that everything will be done to achieve a wine of the very highest quality. The exciting new winery, in combination with the already superb vineyards and the quality of the first few vintages, bode extremely well for the future.’  [The winemaker] Helena Lindberg has an MSC in Chemical Engineering; she worked in the food industry before developing an interest in wine and winemaking, a passion which took her to Australia in 1994.  Helena returned to Europe in 2000 in order to attend faculté d’oenologie in the Languedoc, where she also made wine.  It was in France that she met Lodovico Antinori, and in 2004 Helena relocated to Tuscany to become responsible for wine making in both Tuscany and Marlborough.”  Excerpt from biserno.it

Special Offering:

Castello di Tenuta di Biserno Insoglio del Cinghiale, 750ml. “Made from 32% Syrah and the remaining part is a blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. The peppery characteristics make it the ideal pairing to game dishes, such as wild boar (after which it is named.)” Excerpt from biserno.it. Available at Almost All Centennial Store Locations  Sale Price $21.99. Save $10.00!

Tenuta di Biserno Coronato 2005, 750ml. “An absolutely delicious, joyful wine that captures the essence of this terroir.  It reveals notable freshness and perfume in its dark fruit, licorice, leather,spices and toasted oak in a plump accessible style.”91 points – “The Wine Advocate” June 30th, 2008. Available at Almost All Centennial Store Locations  Sale Price $54.99.  Save $10.00!

Tenuta di Biserno IL Pino di Biserno, 750ml. “Intense, bright ruby red color.  The nose is intense with ripe dark chocolate and spicy oak.  The palate is excellently balanced, with fine rip tannins and fine fruit, giving a harmonious mid palate and an elegant, long finish.”  Excerpt from biserno.it.  Available at Almost All Centennial Store Locations  Sale Price $69.99. Save $5.00!

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