2008 Biserno, Lodovico Antinori Tenuta di Biserno (Bibbona), IGT Toscana, Tuscany, Italy ($147)
This wine is an IGT (indicazione geografica tipica)…which, by the twisted Italian law, means there’s nothing typical at all about this wine! Just think “Super-Tuscan,” and you’re on the right track. But there’s no Sangiovese here: the main varieties are Merlot and Cabernet Franc, with a little Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. The Cab Franc inclusion is a little different! Luminous purple-garnet in the glass. Initial aromas are very wood-related: vanilla, a little toast. But…there’s also something reminiscent of black currant—that wonderful wildsy greensy thing. Fairly rich, but balanced by a ton of interesting flavors, both fruit-ish and green-ish, some sweetness, and a tannic finish that gets washed over by the abundant “fat” of the wine. From the coastal Maremma area of Tuscany.
I’d be intrigued to try this with any meat stew that has a little sweetness in it…or with hard cheese partnered by dried fruit.