Grapes: Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
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. Soil type is part clay, part Bolgheri conglomerate. Vines were planted in 2002. Training is cordone speronato (spurred cordon). Density is 6,500 vine stocks per hectare (2,361/acre). Grapes are strictly sorted on a vibrating belt at the cellar. They are then de-stemmed and soft crushed. Fermentation takes place in stainless-steel vats for three to four weeks at 82°F. 80% of the wine undergoes malolactic fermentation in oak barrels, the remainder in stainless steel.
Tasting Panel2013 vintage
Wine Advocate2013 vintage
In 2013 the harvest began the second week of September and finished the second week of October. All harvesting is done by hand. A wet winter and spring resulted in good water reserves in the ground for the summer. The summer temperatures were back to "normal" without the periods of excessive heat experienced the previous few vintages. A rainfall the last week of August gave the vines a good boost and prolonged the ripening process. The fine weather continued through September. All this combined gave optimum ripening conditions and a good balance between sugar ripeness, phenolic ripeness and acidity.
Ripe dark fruit with well integrated spicy oak adding notes of freshly ground coffee, cocoa. Relatively tight knit, dense with ripe, polished tannins and great length. It is a powerful yet elegant wine which needs time to express its full potential. 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.
GRAPES: Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
APPELLATION: Tuscany IGT
ACIDITY: 4.7 g/L
AGING: The wine is aged for 16 months in new French oak barriques. The wine is aged for another 12 months in bottles before release.
points of distinction
- Harvesting is done by hand
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."