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Tenuta di Ghizzano Il Ghizzano 2010

Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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Winemaker Notes

Sweet dried cherries, licorice and tobacco waft from the glass in this delicate, feminine red. The aromas and flavors are a touch forward.

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
These are the most impressive wines I have ever tasted from Tenuta di Ghizzano. The wines are made in a fairly non-interventionalist style, starting with organically farmed grapes. For the top wines, the grapes are crushed by foot and fermentations are done in open-top wood and cement vats, using only indigenous yeasts.
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Tenuta di Ghizzano

Tenuta di Ghizzano

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Tenuta di Ghizzano, Tuscany, Italy
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Winemaking at Tenuta di Ghizzano dates back to the end of the 14th century when the Venerosi Pesciolini family settled in the Colline Pisane in the northwestern part of Tuscany, south of Pisa. For 26 generations, the family has been growing vines, olive trees, and cereals with a deep respect for tradition and terroir.

Since 1996, Countess Ginevra Venerosi Pesciolini has run the estate, creating award-winning wines with great personality. Within the last 20 years, the 48-acre vineyard has been gradually replanted, and the entire property has adjusted to new technologies and developed methods of organic farming in order to achieve the highest level of quality for all its wines. Today the estate is certified organic by Suolo e Salute; and employs biodynamic principles including the use of cover crops and specialized Preparations.

Tenuta di Ghizzano’s vines grow on rolling hills near the beautiful village of Ghizzano situated at 650 feet above sea level, and benefit from the proximity of the water that once covered this land. The sea produced a rich and complex soil made of sand, clay, iron and other minerals and now protects the area from the extreme summer temperatures and spring frosts. The location is ideal for allowing the wines to develop their elegance and aromas.

Since 2008 we have been officially certified ORGANIC throughout the Estate (not just the vines but also the olive groves and cereal crops).

One of the most iconic Italian regions for wine, scenery and history, Tuscany is the world’s most important outpost for the Sangiovese grape. Ranging in style from fruity and simple to complex and age-worthy, Sangiovese makes up a significant percentage of plantings here, with the white Trebbiano Toscano coming in second.

Within Tuscany, many esteemed wines have their own respective sub-zones, including Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. The climate is Mediterranean and the topography consists mostly of picturesque rolling hills, scattered with vineyards.

Sangiovese at its simplest produces straightforward pizza-friendly wines with bright and juicy red fruit, but at its best it shows remarkable complexity and ageability. Top-quality Sangiovese-based wines can be expressive of a range of characteristics such as sour cherry, balsamic, dried herbs, leather, fresh earth, dried flowers, anise and tobacco. Brunello expresses well the particularities of vintage variations and is thus popular among collectors. Chianti is associated with tangy and food-friendly dry wines at various price points. A more recent phenomenon as of the 1970s is the “Super Tuscan”—a wine made from international grape varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Syrah, with or without Sangiovese. These are common in Tuscany’s coastal regions like Bolgheri, Val di Cornia, Carmignano and the island of Elba.

Tuscan Blends

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Big, bold and modern in style, Tuscan Blends can be composed solely of international grape varieties or a mix of international and indigenous. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Syrah, are some of the most popular ones. They all marry with Sangiovese very well, or can be blended together without Sangiovese, or even made into single varietal bottlings!

Where did the idea come from? In the 1970s a few Tuscan winemakers had become disenchanted with Italian winemaking laws and decided to retaliate and get creative. They started making wine solely from these international grapes or adding them to Sangiovese, in differing proportions, with amazing success—and the phenomenon was born.

The most famous and revered Tuscan Blends from Italy are called “Super Tuscans.” One of the most well-known, ‘Tignanello,’ created by Antinori in 1971, is a blend of 80% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc.

Ornellaia, established by Marchesi Lodovico Antinori in 1981, with the help of renowned agronomist Andre Tchelistcheff, remains a stellar example today; since 2002 Marchesi de' Frescobaldi has been the sole owner. It is typically a blend of about half Cabernet Sauvignon, a third Merlot and the rest filled in with Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.

Sassicaia, another, has earned itself an extraordinary reputation and global esteem, so much so that the Sassicaia property was actually awarded its very own appellation with the 1994 vintage. It is typically 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc.

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