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Tenuta di Ghizzano Nambrot 1997

Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    Winemaker Notes

    Nambrot features inviting aromas of sweet cherry, vanilla bean and espresso grinds. The wine is sweet and succulent in the mouth with blueberry flavors and a long, spicy finish. Blend: 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot

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    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.

    Bordeaux Blends

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    One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World, especially in California, Washington and Australia. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, these are sometimes referred to in the US as “Meritage” blends. In Bordeaux itself, Cabernet Sauvignon dominates in wines from the Left Bank of the Gironde River, while the Right Bank focuses on Merlot. Often, blends from outside the region are classified as being inspired by one or the other.

    In the Glass

    Cabernet-based, Left-Bank-styled wines are typically more tannic and structured, while Merlot-based wines modeled after the Right Bank are softer and suppler. Cabernet Franc can add herbal notes, while Malbec and Petit Verdot contribute color and structure. Wines from Bordeaux lean towards a highly structured and earthy style whereas New World areas (as in the ones named above) tend to produce bold and fruit-forward blends. Either way, Bordeaux red blends generally have aromas and flavors of black currant, cedar, plum, graphite, and violet, with more red fruit flavors when Merlot makes up a high proportion of the blend.

    Perfect Pairings

    Since Bordeaux red blends are often quite structured and tannic, they pair best with hearty, flavorful and fatty meat dishes. Any type of steak makes for a classic pairing. Equally welcome with these wines would be beef brisket, pot roast, braised lamb or smoked duck.

    Sommelier Secret

    While the region of Bordeaux is limited to a select few approved grape varieties in specified percentages, the New World is free to experiment. Bordeaux blends in California may include equal amounts of Cabernet Franc and Malbec, for example. Occassionally a winemaker might add a small percentage of a non-Bordeaux variety, such as Syrah or Petite Sirah for a desired result.

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