I was delighted to attend the 4th annual Kobrand ‘Tour d’Italia’, featuring wines and regions from up and coming to renowned from their exclusive Italian wine portfolio. Kobrand is a family owned importing company founded in 1944, it serves as the exclusive agent for many fine European wines and additionally owns many of the brands in its portfolio. The tasting was held in the stunningly beautiful Bowery Hotel in NYC, and was a fantastic opportunity to speak directly with distinguished winemakers representing many regions of Italy, from the north to Tuscany to Sicily. Many producers brought new releases and assembled vertical tastings of some of their best vintages and labels. With so many exceptional wines, it was difficult not trying them all [although I did give it my best attempt in the couple of hours that I had!]
The Biserno Estate is located in the hills of Bibbona in Upper Maremma, western Tuscany. The Maremma is divided into 3 distinct winemaking regions, Upper, Central and Southern. The Upper Maremma is recognized as the “premium” district, due in part to the cooling influence of the sea, its unique microclimate and terrior.
Founded as a joint venture by Marchese Lodovico Antinori [yes, that Antinori family] in 1995, Tenuta di Biserno is a “passion project” that includes his brother Marchese Piero Antinori [the President of renowned Antinori Wines] and consulting winemaker Michel Roland. The estate produces three wines: Lodovico [only in the best vintages], Biserno and Il Pino di Biserno. The estate is known for their interesting blends, notably using larger amounts of Cabernet Franc. The vineyards are farmed organically, although like many other Italian family estates, they are not certified.
Tenuta di Biserno ‘Il Pino di Biserno’ Toscana IGT 2012
Described as a “new project”, 75% of the wine was aged for 12 months in new and second use French oak barriques, the reminder aged in stainless steel. Lively and fun, cherry, blackberry and spice layers culminate in lingering subtle oak and vanilla notes. Tannins are firm yet silky smooth, this will drink fantastically over the next 10 years +.
Blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot
$ 40 [average price]
Rated 92 points by Wine Spectator
‘Biserno’ is the 1st label and flagship wine of the estate, crafted from the very best Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot grapes. It was a rare opportunity to taste the acclaimed 2007 vintage, especially considering that it is no longer available on the regular market.
Tenuta di Biserno ‘Biserno’ Toscana IGT 2007
Aged for 17 months in French oak barriques, a big, meaty Tuscan Red with an elegant edge. Overlapping plush layers of berries, peppery spice and oak are echoed in the lengthy, dry finish of soft oak and fruit elements.
Drinking now and for 10-15 years more.
$ No longer available
Tenuta di Biserno ‘Biserno’ Toscana IGT 2010
Aged 16 months in 60% new French oak barriques and the rest in one year old barrels, further aged for 12 months in the bottle before release. Woodsy, earthy elements provide the backbone to velvety blackberry and cherry notes, whilst firm tannins, black peppercorn and traces of a gravelly minerality elongate the wonderfully dry finish. Each refined, well balanced sip keeps you reaching for more.
Enjoy over the next 15-20 years
$120 [average price]
Rated 94 points by Wine Enthusiast
Rated 93 points by Wine Spectator
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