Wine Advocate 89 points - The 2012 Insoglio del Cinghiale shows tight Cabernet aromas of bay leaf, salvia and dried spice backed by blackberry and cassis. The blend is Syrah, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot with a tiny element of Petit Verdot (that all see four months of neutral and new oak). Soft black fruit is woven tightly together with baking spice, dried herbs, rum cake and dried tobacco. Impressive softness and richness fills the back of the mouth. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2019. (Aug 2013)
The foundation wine of the Bibbona estate. It is made from 32% Syrah and the remaining part is a blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Insoglio del Cinghiale is a very fleshy wine, coming from the distinctive Upper Maremma terroir.
The peppery characteristics coming from the Syrah make it the ideal accompaniment to game dishes, such as the local wild boar (after which it is named), roast pheasant or rich game stews.
|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.”