From: Tuscany, Italy
Tasting Notes: A Viognier obtained from younger vines. Easy—to—drink, crispy, fresh, and floral with minerality. Crystalline with a perfect balance between acidity, crispness, and aromatic fragrance. In the mouth, it’s a pleasant bloom of jasmine, anis seed, and wild fennel.
Pairing: Fish-based main dishes.
About. The history of Tenimenti d’Alessandro is linked to Cortona and its rebirth as a place of excellent wine production. Located in Manzano, down by Cortona (Arezzo) in south-east Tuscany, the property —today about 30 hectares of vineyards, certified organic since 2016 — was purchased in 1967 by the d’Alessandro family.
Starting from the 80s, the area has been subject to intense experimentation in order to determine the very best varieties for its soils and climate conditions.
Above all, Syrah performed the best and seemed to be the most suitable grape variety. The great vine of the Rhone has found the way to express itself with its own strong identity, well adapting to a warm, bright and dry environments, as well as sedimentary deposits of pliocene origin: clays, sands, silts. The very first result came in 1992 with the first vintage of the “Bosco”, a pure Syrah that soon became the winery’s most iconic label and one of the most appreciated Syrah in Italy and in the world. Viognier was the other discovery that, since 1991 with the cru “Fontarca”, holds an important share of the vineyards.
A new path began in 2013: the Calabresi family, already partner in d’Alessandro since 2007, took over the company. Filippo Calabresi is totally involved in the winemaking, bringing to Cortona the Syrah skills he has built with many vignerons in France, California, and Oregon, after studying at the International Wine Center in New York Filippo realizes his idea of wine starting from the vineyards, working organic, excluding synthetic products and looking for plant’s health and balance. Craftsmanship is cellar’s main ingredient, where the aim is to enhance the local character of the vines, without ever forgetting the drinkability.
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