Lodovico Tenuta di Biserno 2015
The spectacular 2015 Lodovico is shaping up to be the wine of stratospheric intensity, depth, and succulence. Lodovico is a six-hectare parcel found within the more significant Bellaria vineyard (that makes the Biserno wine) at this vital estate in Bibbona, Coastal Tuscany. The entire site is planted to Bordeaux grapes Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petit Verdot. This vintage delivers power and momentum that drives this wine smoothly over the palate. The bouquet is seamless with dark fruit tones that segue to spice, tar, smoke, and cured leather.
Lodovico Antinori discovered the property, which would become Tenuta di Biserno back in 1995 while researching land suitable for extending Ornellaia. What he saw excited him, but he recognized that the geology and geography were marginally different from those of Ornellaia, much hillier and stonier. This required a separate project; hence Lodovico Antinori, with his brother Piero and the landowner Umberto Mannoni, decided to give life to the potentially fabulous Tenuta di Biserno!
Tenuta di Biserno is a beautiful estate of 49 hectares, situated in Alta Maremma, coastal, western Tuscany, nestling amongst the hills of Bibbona. It borders the historic village of Bolgheri and enjoys beautiful views towards the Tyrrhenian Sea – a special place indeed.
Just on the border, we find the vineyard Bellaria (beautiful air) the northern exposure of which is within Biserno with the southern exposure within Bolgheri. It is this excellent site that houses the celebrated vineyard of Lodovico itself, 6 hectares of spectacular terroir, within Biserno, widely regarded as the best in the area.
The soil consists of what is termed Bolgheri conglomerate – a mix of mineral-rich alluvial soil, active limestone, and round pebbles that provide drainage. Somewhat atypical for Bolgheri, there are also pockets of all-important clay. Given the terroir and the range of soils, Lodovico planted exclusively Bordeaux varietals, principally Cabernet Franc, followed by Merlot, some Cabernet Sauvignon, and surprisingly high proportions of Petit Verdot.