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Tenuta di Ghizzano Il Ghizzano 2016

Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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Winemaker Notes

Floral and berry notes, soft yet full of energy.

Perfect as an aperitif or to start a meal!

Blend: 95% Sangiovese and 5% Merlot.

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James Suckling
Freshly picked dark cherries, herbs and some soaked blueberries and balsamic. Medium to full body, firm tannins and a tight finish. Drink now. Made from organically grown grapes.
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Tenuta di Ghizzano

Tenuta di Ghizzano

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Tenuta di Ghizzano, Tuscany, Italy
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The Venerosi Pesciolini family settled in the upcoming and esoteric Colline Pisane area near Pisa in the 14th century. 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, continuing the tradition of award-winning wines. Tenuta di Ghizzano became certified organic in 2003 and has employed biodynamic principles since 2006. 

Our aim is to keep investing in biodynamic agriculture and viticulture to offer the market limited quantities of outstandingly high-quality products, reflecting the inherent characteristics offered by these gentle hills. Respect for nature, the place that sustains us and the people that live and work here; these are the principles that our family has always observed in its management of the Tenuta di Ghizzano estate and has handed down through the generations.”  -- Ginevra Venerosi Pesciolini, Winemaker and Proprietor 

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. They all marry with the indigenous Sangiovese very well, or can be blended together without Sangiovese—or even made on their own as 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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