Tuscan wines from great estates
Tenuta San Guido (home of Sassicaia) and Tenuta dell’Ornellaia (home of Ornellaia and Masseto) are adjoining estates running up into the hills and crowned by ancient forests on the Maremma coast of Tuscany. With their patchwork of superb and varied terroirs, they have been able to successfully grow the great Bordeaux varieties as well as the indigenous Sangiovese and, between them, they are responsible for some of the most exciting wines being made in Tuscany today.
Cabernet vines were first planted at Tenuta San Guido by Mario Incisa della Rocchetta in the 1940s, a great admirer of Bordeaux who had noted the similarity between the stone strewn vineyards of the Graves and his own land. He sold the first vintage of Sassicaia commercially in 1968. His son, Nicolò has been responsible for building the reputation and quality of the estate’s wines internationally, introducing a second wine – Guidalberto - with the 2000 vintage, wanting to experiment with the Merlot grape and also to make a more rigorous selection for the grand vin. In the 2002 vintage, he launched a third wine, Le Difese, which is a blend of Sangiovese fruit from the original plantings on the estate and fruit from young Cabernet vines.
Nicolò’s cousin, Lodovico Antinori, had been watching the Sassicaia story unfold with interest and decided to create his own vineyard, Tenuta dell’Ornellaia, which he founded in 1981. The flagship wine was joined in 1986 by Masseto (100% Merlot) and in 1997 Le Serre Nuove was launched, the second wine of Ornellaia. Since the creation of the estate Lodovico has partnered with Robert Mondavi and, more recently, with another Tuscan wine family, the Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi, the current owners of the estate.
These wines are offered in bond, London and the offer will close on Friday 17th July, 2015.
To order please call 01353 721 999
Le Difese, Tenuta San Guido 2013
£60 per six bottles in bond or £60 per three magnums in bond
70% Cabernet Sauvignon 30% Sangiovese
Immediately appealing on the nose with a scent of ripe plums, blackberries and blackcurrants going to a spice-laden, rich, dark fruit palate with a herbaceous note. Very smooth and very drinkable. Drink 2015 - 2019
Guidalberto, Tenuta San Guido 2013
£95 per six bottles in bond or £95 per three magnums in bond
60% Cabernet Sauvignon 40% Merlot
Bright red black with a nose of sappy black fruit, spiced (oriental spice), fresh with some herby notes behind, leading to a palate of fumey black fruits, rich and ripe and again this herbal note, tarry and light going to a long, warm, rich finish. Drink 2016 - 2020
Le Serre Nuove, Tenuta dell’Ornellaia 2012
£155 per six bottles in bond
Deep red black, semi opaque. Dense rich red black fruit on the nose, with a note of dried currants, perfumed, leading to a palate of big, crunchy black fruit, with substantial tannins behind, rich. It needs a couple of years to knit together when it will be stunningly complete. Drink 2018 - 2022
To order, please call 01353 721 999
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