Pairs well with roasted or grilled red meats and game dishes
Blend: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot
Critical AcclaimAll Vintages
One of the first, experimental harvests (1983) incurred in a not-so-little contretemps when the entire crop was wiped out by wild boars. The silver lining was, the Empsons now had a name for their wine: Cignale, old Tuscan dialect for cinghiale or “wild boar”. Cignale was finally released in 1990, with the 1986 vintage. The wine had spent 2 years in 75% new barriques and 25% used ones; in February 1989, Neil made the final component blend with a small percentage of Sangiovese Grosso, then left the wine in stainless steel until bottling in July 1989, unfiltered. His artist wife, Maria Gemma Empson, designed the labels, which feature a series of six pen and ink drawings depicting Cignale's first, bristly fans.
Legendary in Italy for its Renaissance art and striking landscape, Tuscany is also home to many of the country’s best red wines. Sangiovese reigns supreme here, as either the single varietal, or a dominant player, in almost all of Tuscany’s best.
A remarkable Chianti, named for its region of origin, will have a bright acidity, supple tannins and plenty of cherry fruit character. From the hills and valleys surrounding the medieval village of Montalcino, come the distinguished and age-worthy wines based on Brunello (Sangiovese). Earning global acclaim since the 1970s, the Tuscan Blends are composed solely of international grape varieties or a mix of international and Sangiovese. The wine called Vine Nobile di Montepulciano, composed of Prognolo Gentile (Sangiovese) and is recognized both for finesse and power.