Marchese Lodovico Antinori was looking to expand his Tenuta dell’Ornellaia vineyard when he discovered the unique landscape of Bibbona and was inspired to change up the plan. The stony hills of Bibbona called out for a different type of wine, and the Antinori brothers answered. The style is an intriguing combination of Ornellaia and Sassicaia, according to James Suckling, “emphasizing the generosity of the former and the firmness and backbone of the latter.” At this price, that’s an amalgamation any Super Tuscan follower can get behind!
What's an Antinori to do after founding the successful Tenuta dell' Ornellaia in the 1980s (and ushering in a new era in Italian wines) do after selling said company? Well, if you're Lodovico, and have a brother like Piero Antinori, you establish a new wine project. Tenuta di Biserno in Tuscany's coastal Maremma region to be exact. By the start of the 21st century they'd discovered a new terroir with great potential in the commune of Bibbona in the rolling hills that border the DOC of Bolgheri. In fact, Lodovico observed, it's "very similar to Saint Èmilion and Pomerol." Here, the soil is a complex mix of silt, alluvial sand, and in certain parts, a high percentage of clay, combined with Bolgheri conglomerate (the geological name for the soil indigenous to the Bolgheri-Bibbona area). Lodovico felt inspired by this distinctive soil to plant Cabernet Franc vines, betting that they would thrive alongside Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot - all French transplants. If we've learned anything it's to never bet against an Antinori when wine is on the line - Lodovico's hit pay dirt once again!
Blackberries, blueberries, dried raspberries, cedar, clove and vanilla bean on the nose. It’s medium-to full-bodied with firm, silky tannins and juicy layers of ripe fruit. Cocoa and dried herbs, too. Drink from 2022.
Made with Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, this has intense aromas of cassis, camphor, leather and dark spice. It’s smooth and savory, doling out ripe blackberry, juicy black currant, licorice and tobacco accompanied by polished tannins.