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Début of Tenuta di Trinoro vintage 2017, flanked by a new Bianco

2017 was a challenging growing year. Even a unique environmental niche such as the Val d’Orcia had to confront, like the rest of Italy, three months of intense summer heat, made more severe by a lack of groundwater reserves, the result of the previous relatively dry winter. But the Tenuta di Trinoro team was successful in meeting the challenge, demonstrating determined, expert vineyard management that put into practice every tenet of the production philosophy of Andrea Franchetti, winery founder and creator of wines unique for their concentration, depth, and complexity.   

 

Thanks to the lengthy, hot season, there was certainly no lack of concentration in the fruit. At harvest, begun 27 September and concluded 13 October, the berries were small, with thick skins and little juice, and their wines emerged near-opaque, black, and concentrated. It required waiting some months before they could be evaluated properly and a final blend assembled, which privileged Cabernet Franc, at 69%, assisted by 23% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon.   

Tenuta di Trinoro 2017 is full-bodied with fine depth, “and dense-packed, silky tannins; the palate showcases well-ripened plum and blueberry, with wild herb and iron-like impressions,” explained Franchetti. Some years of bottle-ageing will allow it to achieve full expression and “to lose those slight vegetal notes that, of course, are classic to the two Cabernets.”    

2017 also marks the debut—at least to the markets – of the Tenuta’s Bianco, a one-of-a-kind, 100% Semillon that grows in a tiny, sandy-soil parcel at an elevation of 630 metres and with a very tight, 1 x 1 metre layout. The pronounced aromatic qualities classic to the variety are nicely balanced in the grapes by a forward crispness and acidity, producing a wine that is concentrated yet taut, displaying great depth and promising significant cellarability.  

 

Tenuta di Trinoro. Located near Sarteano, at the entrance to the Val d’Orcia, in southeast Tuscany, the estate boasts 16 vineyard parcels, totaling some 25 hectares, planted at elevations of 450-650 metres. Tenuta di Trinoro is a Bordeaux-style cuvée that has always been the estate’s keystone wine. Its portfolio also includes Le Cupole, a younger and more accessible wine from the estate vineyards; I Campi, from three parcels of Cabernet Franc; the all-Merlot Palazzi; and, debuting with the 2017 vintage, Bianco di Trinoro.      

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Veneroso Terre di Pisa from Tenuta di Ghizzano

The “Tenuta di Ghizzano” (Ghizzano Estate) is one of the oldest farms in the area and also one of the most innovative. Today it is made up of about 350 hectares of which 20 dedicated to vines, 20 to olives, 150 hectares of cereal and the remaining 150 is made up of woods and poplar groves.

The family settled in Ghizzano towards the end of the 14th century. The winery and oli mill are both situated right next to the tower built in 1370 by Venerosi Pesciolini ancestors. Grapes and Olives, and the production of wine and oil, have been at the heart of family’s activities and have encompassed the whole of the Estate as it is today. Ghizzano is a small hilltop village, about 200m above sea level, not far from the Tuscan coast.. The landscape is gentle and the climate mild, thanks to the sea breeze, and without extreme temperatures or great risk of springtime frosts. The land has an interesting makeup.

We tasted: Veneroso doc Terre di Pisa 2015

Il Veneroso, the historical and most representative wine of the estate, was named after Veneroso Venerosi who was the first to dedicate his passion to the land and wine-making. The intuition and courage that Pierfrancesco showed in his ambitions for the Estate have been fully repaid over time.  This wine is produced by 70% Sangiovese e 30% Cabernet Sauvignon.

This wine has a ruby red, lively and bright color. We found notes of cherry and blackberry jam, mint, chocolate and tobacco blend on slightly spicy, mineral and smoked traces. It has rare complexity, excellent acidity and dense and very fine tannins. In the mouth has long persistence of ripe fruit, it is a full-bodied wine of great softness and elegance with a well supported shoulder.

Food pairing: It is a red wine that is enhanced with particularly seasoned meats, but also with a mushroom sauce and seasoned cheese.

 

MASSETINO A ‘SECOND VIN’ BORN AFTER THE SELECTION MADE FOR MASSETO

 

Massetino 2017 the ‘second vin’ of Masseto will make its début in October 2019 and will be available to selected accounts in Italy and the US during its first vintage release.

 

“Massetino comes from a strict selection from the estate vineyards made during blending” says Axel Heinz, Estate Director.

 

The 2017 vintage was hot and dry, requiring a very accurate selection. Less Masseto was produced, so it was considered the right moment to bottle Massetino. 

 

Giovanni Geddes, CEO Masseto comments: ‘It seems to be a natural development for the Masseto Estate to produce a ‘second vin’ and the 2017 vintage proved to be the right time to do it.  It is an exciting moment for the Masseto Estate and the new winery provides us with the right environment to pursue this new project’.

 

2017 will be remembered as one of the hottest and driest vintages in recent history. Due to an unusually mild winter with temperatures 3°C above average, budbreak occurred two weeks earlier than usual. Apart from a brief period of cold weather towards the end of April, the entire growing season was dominated by warm and dry weather, leading to a reduced development of the canopy.

As a result, Massetino 2017 represents the characteristics of this vintage: dark in colour with rich and ripe aromatics, dominated by ripe plums and blackberries. The palate is broad and rich, with a remarkable freshness and firmness of structure. 

 

Only a very limited number of bottles have been produced in this first vintage and distribution has therefore been concentrated to selected accounts in Italy and in the US.

Casa do Capitão-Mor Reserva Alvarinho

Quinta de Paços Sociedade Agrícola, Lda. is a family-based company driven by inemaker Luís Cardoso Meneses   which exploits its agricultural patrimony aiming to produce high-quality wines with a distinctive personality, resulting from a special emphasis on their natural and authentic character in Portugal.

The society’s patrimony comprises an area of around 200 hectares, divided into five estates in the municipality of Barcelos – Casa de Paços – Quinta de Paços, Prazo da Cotovia, Morgadio do Perdigão, Quinta de Vila Meã and Morgadio de Real – and one in the municipality of Monção – Casa do Capitão-Mor – Quinta da Boavista.

In the municipality of Barcelos, Casa de Paços – Quinta de Paços has remained a property of the same family for more than 400 years and 15 generations, maintaining a tradition of expertise on wine making in the region of Minho lasting for more than 4 centuries.
We tasted: Casa do Capitão-Mor Reserva Alvarinho 2016
This wine is produced on granitic calcareous covered by a land terrace of rolled pebbles. It is about 900m from the river Minho, and his average altitude is 60m high in a flat terrain.
The weather transition between continental and seashore climate, with mainly cold winters with no snow or frost, and hot summers whose temperatures reach 40o Celsius, this is the main secret of this Alvarinho.
The grapes are hand harvested, destemmed, and all of them are submitted to pellicular maceration for five hour, with temperature control. After being decanted. The must is fermented in stainless steel at low temperature and the wine stays on top of the slim lees with “batonnage” until bottling. Ages 6 months in bottle.
This wine has good citric color. It has a fruity aroma, soft, fresh. In the mouth has flavors citrus fruit, woodland cherries, fresh almond and peach, elegant and a pleasant finish in an outstanding balance.
Ideal with grilled fish, white meat and seasoned cheese. 
This wine is among 50 Best Portuguese Wines.

Fresh toasts to Col Vetoraz’s summer, where harmony is at home

 

The welcome wine par excellence knows how to adapt to every season of the year but you know, in summer it more easily recalls the desire for liveliness, joy, lightness and sharing in friendship. And what summer would it be without exchanging toasts and smiles? Col Vetoraz puts his answer in the glasses giving for the most beautiful season of the year so much lively freshness, but without forgetting the notes of elegance and harmony that have always been the distinctive feature of his sparkling wines.

In line with the desire for pleasantness typical of these months of the year, among the labels of the company from Santo Stefano di Valdobbiadene we specially choose two wines at the antipodes in terms of taste; Valdobbiadene DOCG Brut for dry palates and Valdobbiadene DOCG Extra Dry for those who prefer more sweet tones.

The first is obtained from grapes from the hillside vineyards exposed to the west where ripening is ideal to produce this specific type, suitable for palates that prefer dry, intense and dry taste without sharpness but at the same time gives delicate aromas. It can be enjoyed on fish starters, mixed fried fish, aged cheeses, even processed vegetables, first courses with seafood and baked fish dishes. The second, friendly that immediately invites you to taste is the true prince of aperitifs. It is obtained thanks to a careful selection of the grapes that grow in the exclusive area of ​​Valdobbiadene, has a balanced taste and elegant tones whose moderate residual sugar contributes to obtaining a great harmony of the whole. The delicately fruity aromas recall the rose, the acacia flower, the delicate vine flower, the white peach, the pear, and a slight citrus fruit. It can also be paired with meats, croutons, fresh cheeses, salmon canapés or smoked sturgeon, or with pasta dishes such as cold or legume soups or with raw fish, lobster, scampi and seafood salads accompanied with side dishes. potatoes and herbs.

Always at the forefront of the most accredited wine competitions, here are the awards obtained in the last period by the company’s wines. The International Wine and Spirit Competition 2019 awarded the Silver Medal to Valdobbiadene DOCG Superiore di Cartizze with 92 points and Valdobbiadene DOCG ‘Dosaggio Zero’ with 90 points while the Bronze Medal at Valdobbiadene DOCG Brut 2018, at Valdobbiadene DOCG Extra Dry 2018 and Valdobbiadene DOCG Dry Millesimato 2018. A Bronze Medal at Valdobbiadene DOCG Extra Dry was received at the International Wine Challenge 2019.

There are instead five Silver Medals awarded by the XIII International Wine Competition “Città del Vino”, Forum Spumanti (formerly Mayor’s Selection) to all five types of sparkling wine.

Double anniversary for Tenuta di Ghizzano

30 years of Veneroso and 20 of Nambrot

 

An honours-filled history in its past and a present marked by celebrations: Tenuta di Ghizzano, one of the iconic producers of the Terre di Pisa zone, lies not far from the sea, amidst gentle hills which the Venerosi Pesciolini family’s watchtower has vigilantly guarded for centuries. Today, that estate is the birthplace of elegant wines that conjure up a Tuscany that is both refined and unexpected.

Ginevra Venerosi Pesciolini, following in the footsteps of her father, has transformed the family estate into a winemaking jewel that embraces history and its environment in perfect balance. This bio-ecosystem of 350 hectares, with 20 in vineyard, produces wines that are deeply rooted in their terroir. Two of them have become widely-hailed benchmarks: Veneroso, a wine that has written the history of the winery and that celebrates this year its 30th vintage, and Nambrot, a Bordeaux blend that is the fruit of a lengthy evolution over the span of its 20 vintages.

 

Veneroso saw the light of day in 1985, in the heroic, pioneering period of the emergence of the first Super Tuscans, and it quickly became the symbol of the excellence of the entire area. Today, it is a blend of Sangiovese with a tot of Cabernet Sauvignon, made from grapes from a number of parcels, whose south-southwest aspect and 180-metre elevation allow the grapes outstanding ripeness. The warm, well-balanced 2015 growing season produced a wine of obvious excellence for the 30th milestone.

Nambrot emerged in 1996, when the producer found that a cuvée of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot offered the finest expression of the power and warmth that characterised the estate’s terroir. Nambrot’s current 2016 vintage, reflecting a moderately-warm season, offers a refreshing crispness and magisterial complexity.

Both wines showcase enviable balance and thoroughgoing respect for the surrounding environment, the expression of vineyards that are both organically and biodynamically farmed (Demeter certification).

 

The Venerosi Pesciolini family is deservedly proud of this double birthday, and to celebrate it the bottles of Veneroso 2015 and Nambrot 2016 bear commemorative labels and their special boxes display the iconic image of the villa branded into the wood.

 

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The estate. The Venerosi Pesciolini family has owned Tenuta di Ghizzano since 1370. It lies in the village of Ghizzano, with an ancient watch-tower guarding from above. At its feet is an inviting, almost-magical Italian-style garden, while the winecellar lies below the foundations of the Villa, and the all-enfolding vineyards form Renaissance landscapes. Certified organic viticultural practices have made it a benchmark of sustainability, and Demeter certified it as biodynamic as well, in 2018. In addition to Veneroso and Nambrot, the estate produces Ghizzano Rosso and Ghizzano Bianco, the former a Sangiovese with a few drops of Merlot, the latter a classically white Tuscan blend of Vermentino, Trebbiano, and Malvasia Bianca. In accord with local tradition, Ghizzano also makes San Germano, a sweet Passito IGT, from old vines of Trebbiano, Malvasia Bianca, and Colombana, and two styles of extravirgin olive oil.

Le Colture debuts at VINEXPO 2019

Le Colture is ready to live an important new debut, joining for the first time the exhibitors of the coming Vinexpo edition. The Ruggeri family is proud to present you their most representative wines at the Conegliano Valdobbiadene DOCG Consortium boots in Hall 1 CD75: Valdobbiadene DOCG Superiore di Cartizze, Valdobbiadene DOCG Extra Dry, Valdobbiadene DOCG brut ‘Fagher’.
“We are experiencing a moment of significant evolution – commented Alberto and Veronica Ruggeri – that sees us more and more protagonists on international scenarios. For some time now we have been working in foreign markets, some of which are happily consolidating, and for us this is a continuous challenge to confront ourselves on new territories, open to meet a different audience of future wine lovers, to whom we firstly aim to tell our story, which is worth knowing to fully appreciate our wines ”.

Le Colture is a wine company strongly linked to its territory, the Valdobbiadene DOCG, and which sums up in itself the deep meaning of living and cultivating the vine on this land. With its 40 hectares of direct ownership, it has been present in the territory since 1983, but its cornerstone lies in being above all a family, which every day of the year commits itself to enhancing the Prosecco Superiore di Valdobbiadene DOCG. Cesare Ruggeri, father of Silvia, Alberto and Veronica, is Le Colture’s intuitive mind, the true “vigneron” and it’s thanks to him if today we produce 800.000 bottles per year. At the end of the 80s he understood the potential and the strength of Prosecco Superiore and it was then that a small farm made up of a few cows began its transformation; starting from the ’90s with lots of sacrifices Cesare bought some land so as to make Le Colture evolve in a company with a complete production chain, but above all self-sufficient with its own grapes.

“The Prosecco Superiore is an immediate wine – continues Veronica Ruggeri – so over the years our primary purpose has always been to bring home healthy grapes that we follow scrupulously and with extreme care in their growth. Each of us is a part of this reality, starting from our mother Bianca, pillar of this company together with our father Cesare, up to us three brothers, Silvia, Alberto and myself. With our sparkling wines we communicate with passion and authenticity our life, our land and our history into the world. “

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