Today we are delighted to be able to offer the latest vintages from Tenuta di Biserno. Firstly, their stand out Biserno 2012, along with the superb value Il Pino 2014. The Estate could hardly be more exciting for it is the progeny of two brothers; Lodovico Antinori who was responsible for the creation of Tenuta dell’Ornellaia and Piero Antinori who created Tignanello. The two brothers have now come together for the first time to invest their passion, desire, savoir-faire, capital and innovation in their new project, Tenuta di Biserno. Moreover, they have brought in the most famous oenologist and consultant in Bordeaux, Michel Rolland, who in his own words ‘could not refuse’ this project or Lodovico. As such, Tenuta di Biserno has the strongest wine-making team in Italy and probably the world.
In leading vintages Biserno is a wine of intense complexity and depth and is awarded superb scores. In 2012 it has been awarded 95 points from James Suckling and Antonio Galloni, the latter describes it as ‘a seriously beautiful wine that is going to need time to fully open up’, displaying ‘Mocha, plum, espresso and grilled herbs.’ We can offer the 2012 today for £330 per case of six, an excellent discount to older vintages. It is evident from the table below that Biserno offers a vintage premium, the equal scoring 2009 trades for £535 per case of six. As such the 2012 is one of their finest ever and advisable to secure on release.
In addition, we are delighted to offer Il Pino, a stunning example of their winemaking brilliance. Il Pino is one of the finest wines in the world at this price point, it displays superb balance and power, with excellent complexity, mocha, pencil lead, plum and espresso, offering wonderful drinkability. It is a blend of 40% Cabernet Franc, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. We are pleased to be able to offer this today for just £140 per case of six bottles. The rise in price in just after a few years as a result of demand is testament to how good this wine; the 2007 is already double the price. It is currently unscored, however, we can expect a continuation of its utterly stellar acclaim, it has averaged 93.5 points over the last seven years!
Tenuta di Biserno
Biserno is cited in the coastal area of upper Maremma, among the hills of Bibbona, which was previously unidentified as a wine producing area. Lodovico discovered this parcel of land through his general manager at Ornellaia, Dante Scanavino who purveyed the quality of the land and its terroir. Lodovico was astonished by the similarities between the terroir here and that of Masseto, in fact Lodovico states that the vineyards of Bibbona and Bolgheri meet each other ‘very similar to Saint Emilion and Pomerol’. Ludovico saw elements in the soil that inspired him to plant Cabernet Franc, which he thought would thrive in this terroir.
The brothers planted the vineyard with the established Bolgheri DOC varietals, yet maintained a greater use of Cabernet Franc, followed by Merlot. They also planted a small percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon and a relatively high preponderance of Petit Verdot, which ripens perfectly in the sunny Tuscan hills. The 35 ha Biserno Estate is composed of complex soil, which boasts silt, alluvial sand and in certain areas, high percentages of clay, combined with Bolgheri conglomerate (the indigenous soil), which is rich in minerals apparent in the wine. Even more promising is that Tenuta di Biserno has far more hillside slopes and a great many more stones than either Ornellaia or Masseto.
All the grapes are hand-picked and sorted before entering the state of the art winery, designed by the world famous architect Gae Alulenti. Biserno is selected from the very best plots in the Estate and undergoes malolactic fermentation in 65% barrique and 35% stainless steel. This high percentage of oak fermentation adds greater integration, complexity, finesse and helps create more velvety tannin. It is then aged for 15 months in new French oak, followed by 12 months in bottle. Il Pino Biserno undergoes malolactic fermentation in 20% barrique and 80% stainless steel. The 75% is aged for 12 months in new and second hand oak, with the remainder in stainless steel. It is then aged six months before release.
Tenuta di Biserno ‘Biserno’ 2012, 6x75cl, £330 IB – 95 Points, James Suckling
Aromas of blueberry, fresh flower and walnut follow through to a full body, with super integrated tannins and a long, refined finish. Lovely, crafted red with class. This is a blend of cabernet franc, merlot, cabernet sauvignon and petit verdot. Better in 2019.
Tenuta Di Biserno Il Pino 2014, 6x75cl, £140 IB
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