Tenuta di Biserno, Biserno 2017
Biserno is our estate wine, representing the pinnacle of all our achievements at Tenuta di Biserno. Only the very finest grapes are selected for the blend, which is a carefully crafted balance of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and a tiny quantity of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. In the best vintages, such as 2007 and 2008, Biserno is a wine of depth, intensity, complexity, longevity, and elegance. A thought-provoking wine that reflects the terroir and the excellent microclimate of the coastal area of the Upper Maremma.
Tenuta di Biserno continues the Antinori family's winemaking legacy, which dates back 26 generations covering more than 600 years. In 1994, while looking to expand his Tenuta dell' Ornellaia vineyard, Marchese Lodovico Antinori came upon the property of Tenuta di Biserno near Bibbona in Tuscany's Alta Maremma. With more hills and stones than nearby Bolgheri, this land appeared to be ideally suited to produce a new and different wine. In 2001 Lodovico and his brother Piero established this elite wine estate, and Lodovico provides the day-to-day direction for the estate. The Tenuta di Biserno estate is comprised of approximately 150 acres divided into three vineyards planted to Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Syrah. Its proximity to the coast heavily influences the entire area. Still, the varieties selected for each of the 30 parcels that make up the planted acres were carefully selected based on slope, soil composition, exposure, and the influence of sea breezes. Helena Lindberg is the winemaker, with Michel Rolland in a consulting winemaker capacity. Ranieri Orsini is the vineyard manager. Currently, the wines are crafted in a well-equipped winery built for exclusive use in a nearby village, until the new state-of-the-art, gravity-flow winery, which will be located in the center of the vineyards, is completed. James Suckling noted in the Wine Spectator in October 2007 - "I find the style of the property's wines already to be a fascinating combination of Ornellaia's and Sassicaia's, emphasizing the generosity of the former and the firmness and backbone of the latter."