Many of you readers have probably heard of wines called Super Tuscans and even better tasted some of them. The name was intruduced by Robert Parker after he had been spellbound by experimental wines from the lovely Tuscany. But history has its beginnings in the early 40's when Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta settled in Bolgheri regionen along the Tuscan coast. On his newly purchased horse ranch he planted Cabernet Sauvignon vines from Chateau Lafite in Bordeaux. The property was named Tenuta San Guido and the wine was given the name Sassicaia. Wine guru Piero Antinori in 1968 managed to persuade Roccheta to sell 600 cases of the wine to the international wine market. And 10 years after winning a prestigious wine competition in London where it was named the world's best Cabernet Sauvignon wine.
Since then there are many Super Tuscans wines, now sold at very high prices, and are you curious you can find a list of the wines via this link. (Luckily I had time to test several of these wines before all the fame got to the price) http://tuscany-wine.com/super_tuscans.htm
The estate Tenuta di Biserno is located in the town of Bibbona sixty km south of Pisa, just next door to the Bolgheri region. Here the wine legend Lodovico Antinori built up a fantastic property with vines of the classic French grape combination (Bordeaux blend) Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. The property has about 67 ha with a complex soil consisting of silt, sand and clay. The soil is very rich in minerals, which is also reflected in the wines from the area. Microclimate is unique, with hot summers balanced by a cool Mediterranean wind.
Il Pino 2010 from Tenuta di Biserno
The color is beautiful dark brick red and the fragrance seduces my mind all the way into the deepest neuron level. The nose of dark Italian chocolate and featherweight shades of black currant form a senseless seductive scent that signals master class.
The taste is so perfectly pure and balanced with a combined power. Thousands of silky layers of taste aromas pleases. As being in a seven star luxury hotel with all inclusive. Here you get a pure aroma book of chocolate, minerals, together with tasteful spiciness and perfect silky tannins. The wine is consumed slowly drop by drop with extreme enjoyment. Only to bow towards the producer of this world class wine. This wine is from now on one of my true favorites.
Cabernet Franc dominates
Only champions can master wines where Cabernet Franc is the dominant grape. But when it happens it create great wine magic. And this wine contains a high proportion of Cabernet Franc and is an outrageously good evidence of what the grape can achieve in their best moments.
The property's winemaker is Helena Lindberg from Sweden which makes this story even better. Because my taste experience tells me that there must be a woman's senses and touch to create this purity of flavors and at the same time beautiful elegance.