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Date Printed: 11/28/2014
Terrabianca Ceppate 1999
Terrabianca Ceppate 1999
(search item no. 92963)
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 11/28/2014: $26.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"The most expensive offering in this portfolio is the 1999 Ceppate, a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Chianti Classico region, and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon along with 25% Merlot from the coastal Maremma region. It was aged for 12 months in French and American oak. An opaque ruby/purple color accompanies intense, sweet aromas of graphite, damp earth, and minty black currants, medium to full body, a sweet palate, and a dense, concentrated, tannic finish. It will benefit from 1-2 years of cellaring, and should last for 10-15."
-Wine Advocate

"Super wine. Subtle aromas of licorice, blackberries, cherries and minerals. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and a long, long finish. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Best after 2004."
-Wine Spectator

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About Terrabianca:

The first document to mention Terrabianca is dated 1085: two centuries before Dante. Located just over 35 miles from Florence towards Siena, in the heart of Chianti Classico, its gently rolling country is much the same as it was in the Middle Ages. The Guldeners have 'only' been here since 1987; although in this relatively short period of time, they have propelled the estate to the highest quality levels, entirely restoring the seventeenth-century homestead, constructing a brand new winery, and restructuring the Terrabianca range.

In 1997, the couple purchased a second property, some 44 miles southwest of the original Terrabianca nucleus: Il Tesoro di Terrabianca ("Treasure of Terrabianca"). Its 262 acres bring the Guldeners' total acreage to 334, and are a mere 6 miles from the sea, in Maremma - the new frontier of Tuscan viniculture. This recent acquisition focuses on the olive oils (from over 4,000 Frantoio, Moraiolo and Leccino olive trees, many of which some 300 years old!) and Sangiovese grapes that go into a youthful and appealing 100% varietal, La Fonte. Packaging and label for this wine (see photo) have been kept distinct from the rest of the line, although the product itself is also styled by Vittorio Fiore, Terrabianca wine-maker from day one.