“In the 2017 Poggio alle Nane is racy and opulent to the core. Ripeness is pushed to the edge, if not beyond. Jammy dark fruit, spice, leather and licorice are all kicked up a few notches. This is an especially hedonistic wine, even within the context of the year. 80% Cabernet Franc, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and Carménère. Drinking window: 2021-2029. 90 points
Antinori’s Le Mortelle is one of the most intriguing properties on the Tuscan coast for many reasons. One of these is an emphasis on Cabernet Franc and, especially, Carménère, a variety the Antinoris chose to plant based on their experience in Chile.”
“The 2011 Biserno is dark, round and supple with plenty of depth. Dark red and black fruit, smoke, tobacco and incense meld together in a broad, expansive wine endowed with tons of depth and volume. Although darker, richer and more concentrated then the Pino, the Biserno is not a better wine, just different in style. Far from an easygoing 2011, the Biserno is going to need time to fully blossom. I can’t wait to see how this ages. Drinking window: 2015-2026. 93 points.
Antinori is one of the royal families of Tuscany, with a track record going back 26 generations all the way back to the 1400s. Lodovico Antinori has pretty much seen it all, including the birth of Sassicaia, his cousin’s wine and the first great Tuscan red from the coast. In the mid 1980s Antinori founded Ornellaia, which in turn established its own reputation as a world-class esate. Antinori’s newest project aims to recreate that spirit of adventure. The wines are rich and textured, stylistically closer to Ornellaia than Sassicaia, but very much with their own personalities. Compared to his brother Piero, who cuts a more statesmanlike figure, Lodovico Antinori leans towards the entrepreneurial, risk-taking side of things. As the saying goes; no guts, no glory.”
“The 2012 Biserno is a seriously beautiful wine that is going to need time to fully open up. Mocha, plum, espresso and grilled herbs are some of the signatures, but the 2012 is a baby and not fully expressive at this early stage. Dark, opulent and large-scaled in conception, the Biserno has a lot to offer. Hints of dark red cherry, raspberry jam, spices and torrefaction blossom on an intense finish supported by suave, polished tannins. The Cabernet Franc is particularly expressive here. Drinkng window: 2017-2027. 94 points
Lodovico Antinori continues to step up his game. These current releases are gorgeous. The entry-level Pino di Biserno is one of the best Maremma reds readers will find in its price range, while the flagship wines are naturally much more ambitious in both quality and price. Readers who enjoy the intense aromatics and structure of Maremma Cabernet Franc will find these wines particularly appealing.”