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Ziobaffa Organic Toscana 2011
ZIOBAFFA Toscana pairs perfectly with roasted/grilled meats, stews, pastas with red sauces, pizza and firmer cheeses. Ideally serve at about 60°F.
80% Sangiovese / 20% Syrah
During surf-inspired adventures in Italy with surfer-artist-environmentalist Chris Del Moro, Filmmaker Jason Baffa was fortunate enough to meet his good friend, surfer, winemaker & art-patron, Piergiorgio Castellani.
The Castellani family has been passionately making Tuscan Wines for five generations (over one-hundred years). Piergiorgio attributes the fantastic flavor of Tuscan wines to the rich sea-floor minerality of the Italian soil, a minerality established millions of years ago when the region was submerged deep beneath the Mediterranean. As surfers, the group finds this a fun connection between winemaking and the sea.
In collaboration with the Castellani Family, we introduce Estate Harvested, organically grown wines from Italy under the label, ZIOBAFFA. These wines are made with Tuscan expertise in concert with a modern eco-friendly ethos.
The ZIOBAFFA wines are crafted with a bio-dynamic and sustainable focus through the masterful hands of Piergiorgio Castellani. The grapes are organically produced, which we think makes the wine better for the environment and easier on your system. In the coming months, we hope to build the ZIOBAFFA wine portfolio and we are beginning with an exciting endeavor...
In conjunction with the release of the film, "Bella Vita," Piergiorgio, Chris and Jason would like to share two new wines from ZIOBAFFA. We call them "The Filmmaker's Edition."
Inspired by their travels surfing Italy, the label design is the original, limited edition artwork of Chris Del Moro and highlights a hand-drawn boot with tallowed Mediterranean waves. It is printed on FSC certified paper and affixed with a bio-friendly glue, minimizing the toxicity of the label making process.
With a focus on sustainable, zero-waste production and environmentally friendly bottling, including recycled materials and the revolutionary Helix® re-useable cork closure, these wines are a modern take on an old-world-tradition.
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, as well as in price from budget-friendly to ultra-premium, Sangiovese makes up a significant percentage of plantings here, with the white Trebbiano Toscano trailing far behind.
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, perfect for Sangiovese as it ripens most efficiently on slopes with maximum exposure to sunlight.
Sangiovese at its simplest produces straightforward pizza-friendly wines with bright red fruit and not much more, but at its best it shows remarkable complexity. 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 in particular is sensitive to vintage variation, performing best in years that are not too hot and not too cold. 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, the island of Elba and more inland, in Carmignano.
The perfect intersection of bright fruit and savory earthiness, Sangiovese is the backbone variety in Tuscany. While it is best known as the chief component of Chianti, it reaches the height of its power and intensity in the complex, long-lived Brunello di Montalcino. Elsewhere throughout Italy, it can make inexpensive wines for daily consumption ranging from inoffensive to deliciously easy. On the French island of Corsica, under the name Nielluccio, it produces excellent bright and refreshing red and rosé wines with a personality of their own. Sangiovese has also enjoyed moderate popularity in California and Washington State over the last few decades.
In the Glass
Sangiovese is a medium-bodied red with savory flavors of tart cherry, plum, tomato, fresh tobacco, anise, thyme, oregano, and dried earth. High-quality, well-aged examples will take on notes of smoke, clay pot, leather, gamey meat, potpourri, and dried fruits. Corsican Nielluccio is distinguished by a subtle perfume of dried flowers.
Sangiovese is the ultimate pizza and pasta red—its high acidity, moderate alcohol, and grainy tannins create an affinity with tomato-based dishes, spicy meats, and anything off the barbecue.
Although it is the star variety of Tuscany, cult-classic “Super-Tuscan” wines may contain no Sangiovese at all! Since the 1970s, local winemakers have been producing big, bold wines (with price tags to match) that are typically monovarietal or a blend of one or more of several international varieties—usually Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, or Syrah—with or without Sangiovese.