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Portfolio Tasting of Tenuta di Biserno
In January, we were invited by Vivat Fina Vina to a tasting of Lodovico Antinori’s wines. It was an opportunity to taste another iconic wine from Tuscany. Tuscan wines are a fetish of mine. While I tend to prefer wines that have a high amount of Sangiovese, there’s no denying that Tuscan Bordeaux blends have a distinct flavor profile.
The wines of Tenuta di Biserno come with much fanfare. Lodovico is part of the famous Italian winemaking family Antinori, which produces the legendary Solaia and Tignanello wines. Lodovico also crafted the famous Super Tuscan wine Ornellaia which he has since sold; the sale of the estate is highlighted in the documentary Mondovino.
We tasted through Lodovico Antinori’s entire portfolio (with the exception of his ultra-premium wine, Tenuta di Biserno Lodovico). The portfolio spans three properties in three different countries: Italy, Hungary, and New Zealand. Lodovico’s New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs shows the typical style of Marlborough’s Sauvignon Blancs. The wine from Hungary is a sweet Tokaji 6 Puttonyos from the village of Mád. The Tokaji was delicious, but to both me and Charine, having visited to Tokaj, it’s a forgettable wine.
The highlight of the tasting for us was the Tuscan wines. Tenuta di Biserno has vineyards between the villages of Bibbona and Bolgheri. The estate works with Bordeaux grapes in addition to Syrah. Cabernet Franc is highlighted in many of the wines. We tasted the Insoglio, Il Pino, and Biserno.
Tenuta di Biserno, Biserno 2013
The Tenuta di Biserno Biserno 2013 is a blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot aged for 15 months in French oak and 12 months in the bottle. This is tangy, serious, and fun to drink. It has flavors of cherry wrapped up in leafy greens, violet, and capsicum. It’s luscious and full but never clumsy in the mouth. Fantastic structure and tanginess. It’s built to age in the bottle but also delicious now.
This is an excellent wine with one criticism from me. The flavor profile is very similar to other Super Tuscans made from Bordeaux grapes. Some people despise this style of wine while others love them. Just know your palate and what you’re getting into before trying this.
4.4/5 (You can find out more about our scoring system on the START HERE page.)
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