Lodovico is a rare, unexpected assemblage from our Biserno estate. We had previously identified parcels of the estate that were particularly conducive to the cultivation of Cabernet Franc and Merlot, but we only recently discovered within that micro-climate and terroir an even more special parcel, Vigna Lodovico, that has been yielding superior, singular results. It then became immediately clear to everyone involved that this unique character must be fostered, that this individual expression demanded to be crafted. Lodovico, an extraordinary wine, is only available in extremely small quantities through exclusive wine merchants.
Wine Spectator Insider2013 vintage
A youthful and fairly tight wine now but opens up in the glass showing a multitude of layers. Fruity, floral and spicy notes on the nose; forest fruit, blackcurrant, Mediterranean herbs. A refined palate with fine tannins, sweet fruit and terrific length. A balanced wine of elegance and refinement with power and longevity, Lodovico is further confirmation of what the terroir of Tenuta di Biserno can produce. This wine is about texture and complexity. A nose that gives plenty to think about and to discover. The full bodied and rich texture is balanced by a fine acidity.
points of distinction
- Aged for 18 to 21 months in new French oak barriques.
about the grape +
Cabernet Franc usually shows tart red cherry and wild currant aromas and flavors with an herbal, spicy character. In the Loire, esp. Chinon and Saumur-Champigny, this grape shows firm minerality.
Merlot makes plump, succulent wines to drink young or opulently massive wines for aging. Has silky, blackberry and currant fruit, with spice, earth, tobacco and chocolate notes, and soft tannins.
"Biserno is unique - a dream for any winemaker. Reuniting the names Lodovico and Piero, the namesakes of the original founders of the Antinori Company, I am happy and honored to realize my last winemaking project."