Wine Advocate 93 points - The 2008 Il Pino di Biserno is a rich wine endowed with considerable depth. Plums, blackberries, exotic spices, mocha and licorice are all woven together in this imposing, structured wine. The pedigree of the 2008 vintage comes through in spades. The 2008 is striking. I can’t wait to see how this ages. The 2008 has come along beautifully since I tasted it last year. Il Pino di Biserno is 40% Cabernet Franc, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2028. (Jun 2012)
A careful blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot, Il Pino di Biserno is the second wine of the Biserno estate.
The first vintage released was the 2004 and with every successive vintage the wine has improved dramatically. The 2006 vintage is the best expression to date of this extraordinary wine, which amply demonstrates the significant characteristics of the estate. The 2007 and 2008 vintages promise to continue advancing the reputation of Il Pino di Biserno, which will age well for at least eight to twelve years but, as with all our Biserno wines, Il Pino has extraordinary early drinkability. Il Pino can be enjoyed with roast meats, particularly beef, whether it be filet de sirloin or Tuscan T-Bone.
|Tenuta di Biserno continues the Antinori family's winemaking legacy, which dates back 26 generations covering a span of more than 600 years. In 1994, while looking to expand his Tenuta dell'Ornellaia vineyard, Marchese Lodovico Antinori came upon the property of Tenuta di Biserno near Bibbona in Tuscany's Alta Maremma. With more hills and stones than nearby Bolgheri, this land appeared to be ideally suited to produce a new and different wine. In 2001 Lodovico and his brother Piero, established this elite wine estate and Lodovico provides the day-to-day direction for the estate. The Tenuta di Biserno estate is comprised of approximately 150 acres divided into three vineyards planted to Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Syrah. The entire area is heavily influenced by its proximity to the coast, but the varieties selected for each of the 30 parcels that make up the planted acres were carefully selected based on slope, soil composition, exposure and the influence of sea breezes. Helena Lindberg is the winemaker, with Michel Rolland in a consulting winemaker capacity. Ranieri Orsini is the vineyard manager. Currently the wines are crafted in a well-equipped winery built for exclusive use in a nearby village, until the new state-of-the-art, gravity-flow winery, which will be located in the center of the vineyards, is completed. James Suckling noted in the Wine Spectator in October 2007 - "I find the style of the property's wines already to be a fascinating combination of Ornellaia's and Sassicaia's, emphasizing the generosity of the former and the firmness and backbone of the latter.”