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The First Wines of the Year: "Il Sapiente" & "Caveja"

Our 2020 closed with the release of two wines united by a special bond: a production philosophy able to unite the strong international spirit of two great wines - Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot – to the specific characteristics of wines produced in the majestic Valle del Santerno.

Potente and Sintria are not, however, the only wines in the Tenute d’Italia catalogue characterised by this special kind of union, one that renders them almost inseparable. The Conte Zardi brand, the line inspired by the most ancient Romagnola winemaking tradition, in fact encompasses another shining example of our winemaker’s ability to conceive projects which are able to develop successfully intriguing inspirations.

Il Sapiente and Caveja are two truly spectacular examples in which the principal protagonist is the Sangiovese. A variety of grape which is undoubtably among the most illustrious in the Italian winemaking tradition. Within the Conte Zardi line this vine is offered the opportunity of a profoundly traditional interpretation, capable of evoking Romagna as an authentic spiritual dimension.

In both the wines – ascribed to the Sangiovese Rubicone I.G.P. denomination – the Sangiovese makes up 85% … but it is in the remaining 15% that the real magic of the Il Sapiente and Caveja comes to maturity.

The production philosophy followed by the Tenute d’Italia oenologists for the creation of these products has been inspired by the desire to crown the Re Sangiovese (King Sangiovese) with the exuberant character of two other vines, both historically tied to the Romagna territories. 

Il Sapiente completes its blend with the Syrah, the celebrated international vine that can boast a long tradition of production in Romagna, whilst for Caveja the Sangiovese harmonises perfectly with a native variety, the Malbo Gentile

The refinement process of the two wines also follows a similar protocol: following a first stage of vinification carried out completely in steel tanks, Il Sapiente and Caveja are subjected to ageing in large barrels (tonneaux) capable of giving that perfect roundness that distinguishes them.

Although conceived under the same banner of the said productive philosophy, just like Potente and Sintria, Il Sapiente and Caveja, at the tasting stage are also able to, despite their congruity, regale us with unique emotions.

In fact, the tasting reveals the profound charm of researching the different nuances that Sangiovese is able to assume when placed alongside each of the two varieties, giving the taster an experience with a strong educational... and emotional value.

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Il Sapiente and Caveja!

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Wine of the Month / An Introduction: Potente & Sintria

When we chose Potente as the wine of the month last month, it was as if we automatically decided which wine we would like to present to our public in December. There are in fact some elements that have the power to naturally evoke one another, as if linked by an invisible, indissoluble bond.

Within the Italian catalogue you will find some examples of this singular affinity, which makes it almost impossible to present a wine without its companion. It's as though it is precisely within the dimension of a couple that it's possible to fully convey the deepest meaning of the product.

One of the best examples of this is certainly that provided by the Cabernet Sauvignon Rubicone I.G.P. ”Potente” an the Merlot Rubicone I.G.P. “Sintria” of Santerno Wines.

Within a brand strongly inspired by the winemaking tradition of the Santerno Valley, Potente and Sintria fully represent the potential that the production of this small geographical area possesses as it enters the international scene. These two vines, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, are two of the most widespread among the so-called international varieties, which here find a special, specific territorial declination, being enriched with the specific characteristics that distinguish the wines of the Valley.

The soils, which have a predominantly clay-chalk composition, give a natural, very typical flavour, which intervenes - together with the marked freshness - to enhance the powerful fruity scents.

However, what unites Potente and Sintria is not only the nature of the raw material, but also the actual philosophy of production that inspired them. The goal of taking inspiration from a strongly international taste has in fact oriented our winemakers towards the creation of full-bodied wines that make softness their distinctive feature.

On this path we have opted to adopt a late or delayed harvest, that is the use of grapes harvested late with respect to the moment of perfect ripeness, to ensure that a greater concentration of sugars can develop inside the berries. This clearly allows not only an important sugar residue within the finished wine, but also the ability to develop a higher concentration of alcohol and thus confer warmth and further softness to the wine.

Although inspired by the same production philosophy, Potente and Sintria nevertheless retain their clear, precise personalities, presenting themselves as similar but absolutely unique products.

Wine of The Month: "Caveja"

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In January we decided to inaugurate our annual tasting review taking up the point with which we had concluded the past year, namely the presentation of a pair of wines. First with Potente and Sintria, now with Il Sapiente and Caveja, our intention is in fact to not limit ourselves to a simple description of the products themselves, but to offer our readers, between the lines of these tastings, also an image, a sincere story of our work and our passion.

Through the Cabernet Sauvignon and the Merlot of the Santerno Wines line we have shown the ability of our territory to welcome and interpret the great international tradition: now, with the variations of Sangiovese of the Conte Zardi brand we would like to try to illustrate two projects through which, on the contrary, the most genuine spirit of Romagna has been able to successfully project itself far beyond national borders.

But while Il Sapiente gave us a great example of how it was possible to pursue - and we could well say... reach!! - this goal through a significant contribution of Syrah within the blend (15%), with Caveja we see a real masterpiece of oenology that is 100% made in Romagna.

Respecting the same proportions, Sangiovese Rubicone I.G.P. Caveja composes its own blend with Sangiovese (85%) and Malbo Gentile (15%), two real excellences of the regional viticulture of Emilia-Romagna.

The philosophy underlying the blend remains the same: just like Il Sapiente, Caveja does not present a simple sum of the organoleptic characteristics of the two vines but pursues the much more ambitious goal of an integration to create an absolutely original profile, and it is precisely in that "small" 15% that we can recognize the nucleus from which the character of the wine springs.

The powerful colouring input - with its voluptuous violet reflections - is only the first indication of Malbo Gentile's valuable contribution, which even more clearly reveals itself to the nose enriching the set of fruity notes of Sangiovese: the olfactory examination is a real triumph of ripe, juicy red fruits, whose sweetness recalls the aromas that accompanied the masterly preparation of jams in Grandma’s kitchen. And just as irresistible as were the tastings of those jams while still simmering in the large pots on the cooking stove, so Caveja will use its fatal attraction to compel us to continue our tasting.

Warm, velvety, right from the first sip this splendid Sangiovese will embrace our palate to propose, with perfect consistency, the delicious fruity sensations detected on the nose, framed by the tertiary suggestion conferred by the aging in wood (4-6 months in large barrels of French oak).

The body is full, round, expertly balanced between its soft components - sugar residue and important alcoholic shoulder - and the hard parts, among which stand out the surprising freshness - which intervenes to support and amplify the fruity and sweetly spicy sensations - and the perfect tannin, defined but never intrusive.

On the table Caveja is the ideal wine for the most diverse combinations: from traditional Romagna cuisine (tagliatelle with ragù, potato tortelli with butter and sage, grilled mutton castrato) to preparations of more international inspiration (smoked meat, pork ribs in barbecue sauce, pulled pork, pastrami), without missing delicious temptations of pairing with small pastries and cakes based on shortcrust pastry.

For those who follow our blog and come to this article after reading the previous article dedicated to the description of Il Sapiente (if you are not among them, you can easily recover it by clickinghere) it will certainly have been quite easy to grasp numerous points in common between the two wines, both from a productive point of view (structure of the blend, type of aging) and from the organoleptic one (integration of the typical scents of the two grape varieties, texture, warmth...).

To our audience, which we hope can be more and more numerous as well as intrigued by our publications, we want to dedicate a little final advice... to fully grasp the points in common as well as the specific characteristics that respectively bind and distinguish Il Sapiente and Caveja we suggest a parallel tasting: placed side by side the two glasses will reveal their most authentic soul, stimulating, as never before, your imagination and curiosity and, more importantly, they will offer you multiple, exciting ideas for comparing with your tasting companions...

... for, just as King Edward VII said

"One not only drinks the wine, one smells it, observes it, tastes it, sips it and … one talks about it!"

Wine of The Month: "Ducamante"

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The Santerno Wines line is enriched with a new, extraordinary product, the result of a skilful study by the team of winemakers at Tenute d’Italia to pay homage to one of the most precious raw materials gifted to us by our territory. A brand aimed at paying homage to the ancient winemaking tradition of the Santerno Valley could not fail to include Sangiovese in its highest expression, the Romagna D.O.C. Sangiovese Superiore Riserva.

If with Bramante (Romagna D.O.C. Sangiovese) Tenute d'Italia was able to successfully propose Sangiovese in its purest version, totally vinified and aged in steel to better preserve its natural aromas, with Ducamante the goal becomes decidedly more ambitious, presenting a complex, refined wine, carefully studied in every detail to demonstrate Romagna's capacity to confront the great Tuscan tradition head on.

Produced with 100% Sangiovese grapes, Ducamante is proposed as a masterful example of harmony between the typical bouquet of the grapes and the tertiary notes brought by the ageing in wood: a lively, vigorous wine, already well pleasing from its youth but, at the same time, intriguing the taster with a promise of its excellent evolutionary potential.

The tasting of Ducamante is a real pleasure for all our senses. As soon as it is poured into the glass this noble Sangiovese reveals itself in all its fullness, wrapping the glass in a soft, full-bodied embrace; the ruby red colour is clear, intense, perfectly consistent with a product of the very finest type. The violet reflections that characterise the basic Bramante version give way to the seductive scarlet streaks that give a foretaste of the elegant tertiary contribution which comes as result of ageing in wood. Crystalline in appearance, Ducamante passes the visual analysis with flying colours, faithfully radiating the sense of elegance that inspired its production.

From the moment we inhale the first bouquet from the still glass, it is a triumph of evocative notions that arouse the imagination: a complex interweaving of aromas in which, it is immediately clear, every element plays a fundamental role, each of them essential yet none prevailing over the whole.

Going into detail, delving into the heart of Ducamante's olfactory profile to outline its individual traits, the first group of aromas that catch one’s attention, undoubtably relate to the so-called secondary aromas, and not only for the intense typicality they portray - the hint of violet typical of Sangiovese reaches here one of its highest expressions - but also for the fullness, the voluptuousness with which they affect the sense of smell. In the mind, the images of juicy black cherries, ripe strawberries and delicious mulberry blackberries are clearly delineated: you only need to close your eyes and you will feel them between your fingers, moist and pulpy, ready to be tasted.

And suddenly, against the background of this scarlet riot of sweetness, the tertiary notes rise gracefully, but clear: the soft French oak is embellished with tantalizing spices - black pepper, cloves, a hint of cinnamon - weaving a fascinating aromatic texture that envelops and ennobles the bouquet of flowers and red fruits.

Raising the glass to the lips concludes and crowns the splendid tasting experience that Ducamante offers: the first sip suffuses warmth, softness, enveloping the palate in a passionate embrace that immediately evokes the fruity and spicy sensations perceived on the nose. The body is abundant, vigorous: the perception of fullness is completely satisfying

The skilful balance conferred by the excellent contribution of tannin and acidity is totally convincing: hard components that intervene to perfectly support not only the impressive structure of Ducamante, but also its fabulous aromatic persistence.

On the table, the first suggestion can be none other than the combination with a succulent grilled beef steak, but equally attractive are the combinations with blue cheeses (also when used as a condiment, as for gnocchi with Gorgonzola) and feathered game (pheasant roast with mushrooms, duck breast with blueberries). Also, intriguing is a sweet combination, especially with pastries or flakes of extra-dark chocolate, for delicious meditation.

Wine of The Month: "Il Fascinoso"

On a warm summer evening, under the stars made even more brilliant by the joy of being able to find the company of your closest friends: what better occasion to taste the new vintage of one of our most successful white wines? 

In our latest articles we talked a lot about the production of white wines of Tenute d'Italia, in particular how it is based on two types of vines: the native ones, destined for processes deeply faithful to the production tradition of our territory, Romagna, and the so-called international ones, used to create products suitable for meeting the taste of different markets all over the world. 

With "Il Fascinoso", Chardonnay Trebbiano Rubicone I.G.P., Tenute d'Italia achieves the perfect synthesis of these two orientations, offering its customers a genuine wine, a faithful spokesperson for the wine tradition of the Santerno Valley but, at the same time, an excellent candidate for a leading role on the international scene.

As its name reveals, which includes the mention of two vines, Il Fascinoso is in fact the result of the union of what could be well defined as the principal representatives of the two categories of vines mentioned above: Trebbiano, undisputed king of viticulture from Romagna, and Chardonnay, perhaps the most widespread white grape variety in the world. 

The mention of both types in the denomination on the label tells us that the contribution of each type is also quite significant. That allows us to anticipate an eloquent presence of their typical fragrances also in our glass

The name of this wine literally means "full of charm, which attracts with its own charm", and perhaps no name was more suitable: by pouring Il Fascinoso into the glass, the gaze is immediately enraptured by its intense, brilliant colour, like a rare and precious yellow sapphire. Perfectly clear, it reveals graceful golden reflections and an intriguing consistency: if the first citrus scents that we already perceive on the nose suggest a marked freshness, the impression is certainly that of being in the presence of a wine from which we can expect an interesting structure.

At the first scent, the fruity hints dominate clearly: yellow, fresh, from juicy citrus fruits - grapefruit, blonde orange - to tasty tropical fruits, among which pineapple and passion fruit stand out. We then rotateIl Fascinoso in the glass and let its bouquet fully open, which is enriched with floral hints, aromatic herbs, but above all with a sweet spicy summit - soft, fully pleasant - conferred by the short aging in wood that perfectly harmonises the entire olfactory profile.

We come then to the tasting and letIl Fascinoso complete its game of seduction with elegant charm. On the palate it is full, resolute: if freshness is the characteristic that first strikes our attention, the exquisite tertiary note that clearly defines the prodigious body of this Chardonnay Trebbiano will be what remains etched in our memory.

For these characteristics,Il Fascinoso undoubtedly lends itself as an excellent aperitif wine, accompanied by some inviting appetizers, but it can be equally successful on the table to accompany our meal.

The singular combination of structure and freshness that we find inIl Fascinoso allows us to give our imagination a wide margin, pursuing numerous pairing possibilities, even with dishes with rather complex flavours. 

Il Fascinoso has in fact all the credentials to shine in combination with spicy dishes, I think in particular of Indian cuisine and its excellent curry dishes, but also of great classics (simply timeless) such as poached eggs served with asparagus, Parmesan cheese and some truffle flakes.

Wine of The Month: "Il Sapiente - Limited Edition 2"

As our more attentive readers will certainly have noticed, in September we skipped our usual appointment with the Wine of the Month, the column that we dedicate to the presentation of the rich selection on offer in the Tenute d’Italia catalogue.

The start of the harvest took all our attention, and we hope you are enjoying the little information project we are carrying out to tell you in detail the fascinating process of winemaking.

In recent weeks, our team's work has not been limited to the production of the new vintage, but has also involved the creation of a new, important product to enrich Tenute d’Italia’s proposals. In fact, right at the start of September, the Rosso Rubicone I.G.P. “Il Sapiente - Limited Edition 2” came to light.

Following the great success of the first Limited Edition, born from a proudly Romagnolan blend of Barbera and Sangiovese but with explicit international aspirations, for the new wine of the Conte Zardi line our team of oenologists opted for an even more intense look at the panorama of international taste, focusing on the magic of the encounter between Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

A real Bordeaux-style blend, which openly pays homage to the extraordinary wine tradition from the other side of the Alps without however, losing the link with its own land, whose imprint is jealousy preserved in the complex aromatic profile.

From the very beginning, everything speaks of the great body of this wine: we are bewitched by the substantial fluidity with which it fills our glass, and we still linger to admire the vigorous elegance of its rotational movements. The ruby ​​red colour is intense, brilliant, alluring in its gift of seductive violet reflections that allude to the fullness and maturity of the aromas of our wine.

The aromatic picture is a wonderful example of integration between the principal characteristics of the vines that make up the blend: the enchanting fruity hints of cherry and plum of theMerlot are combined with the elegant herbaceous notes typical of Cabernet Sauvignon, giving to Il Sapiente - Edition 2  a complex and captivating olfactory profile, a perfect prelude to tasting. Opening up on the palate is an ode to softness: full and round, the warmth of this magnificent wine pervades and conquers the taste, suggesting the final details that complete the portrait of our wine.

The strong point of the tasting is undoubtedly the perception of the ability with which the balance of the imposing body is pursued, masterfully supported by the marked freshness and the dense weave of tannins, characteristics capable of suggesting, among other things, a considerable evolutionary potential of this Rosso Rubicone I.G.P. “Il Sapiente - Limited Edition 2.

On the table there are endless pairing possibilities, above all we would undoubtedly recommend meat main courses, from the most classic roasts to more structured dishes, preferably enriched with aromatic herbs - sage, rosemary, juniper - or noble ingredients such as porcini mushrooms or black truffle.

Wine of The Month: "Il Sapiente"

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Our tasting exhibition, devoted to the wines in the Tenute d’Italia catalogue, opens this year, 2021, with what is undoubtedly one of the most well known and valued wines of our production: Sangiovese Rubicone I.G.P. “Il Sapiente”of the Conte Zardi line. 

Although it started life as a commercial project specifically designed for the North European market, Il Sapiente soon managed to expand the boundaries of its admirers, establishing itself as a truly winning product on the entire national and international scene. Thanks to its special characteristics, this Sangiovese Rubicone I.G.P. manages to masterfully reconcile the vigorous body of the sturdy romagna vine with a precious tertiary contribution of clear international inspiration, to compose a product able to amaze both the overseas public and Italian wine lovers.

Read also: The First Wines of the Year: "Il Sapiente" & "Caveja"

As mentioned in our introductory article, the first factor contributing to the particularity of Il Sapiente is the blend: as consented by the production disciplinary to which it refers - the "Rubicone" Protected Geographical Indication - the oenologists of Tenute d'Italia have fully exploited the possibility of integrating the main variety (the one mentioned on the label, in this case Sangiovese, for which a minimum contribution of 85% is expected) with a second type of grape for the remaining 15%.

Following numerous studies, the choice (happily) fell on Syrah, a variety with a full, decisive character, perfect for refining the organoleptic profile of Sangiovese with its own unmistakable notes. A happy marriage whose light shines with every approach to the glass.

The colour of Il Sapiente, an intense ruby red embellished with brilliant purple reflections, immediately reveals the magic that comes from the encounter between Sangiovese and Syrah, but the movement in the glass does not enchant only for the bewitching play of colours and reflections: the taster's gaze is captive by the exemplary texture shown to the rotation in the glass, made even more enchanting by the perfect geometries of the arches. A first look that suggests a substantial body, alive and full, as fresh as the first bite of a freshly picked, perfectly ripe plum.

More than to the eye, though, it is on the nose that the contribution of Syrah manifests all its genuineness, with the unmistakable aromatic notes of this special variety that do much more than complement the typical Sangiovese bouquet. The profound sense of the relationship that binds the two vines that make up the blend of Il Sapiente can indeed go far beyond the simple sum of sensations, to pursue rather the search for an interaction capable of creating a unique, unprecedented profile.

In this sense there are at least three important elements in which we can recognize the pillars of the olfactory profile of Il Sapiente.

The first could be named after the assonances, that is, those notes typical of the aromatic profiles of both vines, such as black cherry, plum and juicy blueberries. The use of these two types of grape allows these characteristics to unfold from a double perspective, acquiring as a whole a greater depth and complexity.

Secondly, on the opposite front, we find the game of combinations between the notes specific to each grape, the Sangiovese and the Syrah. As already mentioned, the goal pursued by our team of oenologists was not limited to the simple sum of the different aromas, but rather, they sought a true integration in search of new impressions. Exemplary in this sense is the encounter of the typical floral component of Sangiovese (rose and violet) with the tantalizing spicy notes of black pepper and chocolate brought by Syrah.

Finally, the last (but not least) distinctive element of Il Sapiente intervenes to support this process of creating an absolutely original bouquet: following a vinification process carried out entirely in steel, the production process of this Sangiovese Rubicone IGP ends with a period of ageing from 4 to 6 months in French oak tonneaux (large barrels). This choice, in addition to giving further vivacity to its spicy component, gives Il Sapiente that perfect roundness that embraces and harmonizes the entire spectrum of aromas, a precious seal on a wine that can well be said to be truly accomplished.

The grandiose expectations raised by the olfactory analysis are finally fully confirmed at the tasting: the palate is pervaded by the softness of Il Sapiente - conferred by the significant sugar residue and the robust alcoholic shoulder, expertly harmonized by the ageing in wood - which are immediately appended by the fresher, keener components, a contrast which gives the structure a solid - and very pleasant - balance.

In this case too, it is evident how the complete picture of the taste profile of Il Sapiente is traced by the deep interconnection between its different components, which support each other within a structure in which each element plays an essential role: exemplary in this sense the skilful interplay between the acid component (freshness) and the complex set of spicy sensations, but also the perfect balance between the sweet fleshiness of the body and the sophisticated tannin.

A complex, three-dimensional wine: Il Sapiente is a wine that opens up multiple perspectives not only in the glass, but also on our table

The strongly international declination conferred on the robust vigour of Sangiovese make Il Sapiente an excellent accompaniment for different expressions of cuisine, from the more traditional ones that refer to the typically Italian culture of homemade pasta to the most diverse variations from beyond our borders: stews or meatballs served in rich sauce, roasted meat with bittersweet garnishes (blueberry duck) and spicy fish soups.

Wine of the Month: "Il Sapiente"... White!

The new products in the Tenute d’Italia catalogue for 2021 are starting to come to light, and the first new entry that we present to you is certainly one of the most eagerly anticipated.

Il Sapiente”… doubled!

One of the most successful labels within the Tenute d’Italia offer is in fact now available not only in the historic red version (Sangiovese Rubicone I.G.P.) but also in the new white edition (Chardonnay Trebbiano Rubicone I.G.P.).

Il Sapiente” thus relaunches its image, becoming a real brand, confirming both its style - simple but captivating, now even more recognisable - as well as its inspiration, or the desire to pay heartfelt homage to the Romagna wine tradition.

In fact, it is no coincidence that the blend chosen for this new white version is perhaps the one that most of all embodies the extraordinary potential offered by the encounter between the passion that binds us to our land and the fabulous suggestions offered by the international market.

Il Sapiente” Chardonnay Trebbiano Rubicone I.G.P. makes its conquests by its ability to translate this embrace between tradition and innovation into a product that is simple (but never banal!), and clear, able to relate frankly to the consumer,involving him in a sensory journey that starts from Romagna and projects itself to the world.

Clear, brilliant, “Il Sapiente” flows fluidly in the glass, revealing its unmistakable bouquet, in which the tropical fruity notes typical of Chardonnay meet the most genuine hints of Trebbiano, from the suggestion of crunchy golden apple to the delicate hint of acacia honey.

Intense and harmonious, also on the palate our Chardonnay Trebbiano is a triumph of freshness that tickles both our taste and our imagination for recognition of the numerous aromas, while the adequate residual sugar gives it roundness and excellent persistence.

In perfect harmony with the production philosophy that distinguishes the entire Conte Zardi line, "Il Sapiente" confirms its extraordinary versatility on the table also in the white version, accompanying with style first courses based on fish (spaghetti with clams, shrimp and vegetable risotto) homemade pasta (tortelli with butter and sage, tagliatelle with mushrooms), but also second courses of more international inspiration such as chicken curry and sweet and sour pork.

Il Sapiente” Chardonnay Trebbiano Rubicone I.G.P. therefore makes its debut on the market with full intentions to reaffirm and expand the success of its brand, which, after the important developments in recent years - with the launch of limited editions - is preparing to make a new, important commercial turning point...

... this new white version may not in fact be the only novelty that Tenute d’Italia has in store for the Il Sapiente / Conte Zardi brand!

Hoping with this little teaser to have tickled your curiosity, we invite you to continue to follow us so as not to miss any updates on all our activities and projects scheduled for 2021.

For more information on the wines of the Conte Zardi line, you can consult the relevant section on the website or contact our sales department directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wine of The Month: "Potente"

Veronica Casella, our sommelier, graduated from the international academy of food and wine and sommeliers (AIES), takes us this month to discover one of the wines that have stood out for the longest time among those presented by Tenute d’Italia.

From the Santerno Wines line, the Cabernet Sauvignon Rubicone I.G.P. “Potente”, meaning "powerful", is in fact one of the real pillars of the Tenute d’Italia catalogue, which year after year, or rather, vintage after vintage, has consistently been able to confirm its success, receiving excellent reviews both on the Italian market and abroad.

Reviewing the latest results received for our wines in the context of competitions and sector guides, I noticed with great pleasure that one name above all was constantly repeated among all the best evaluations: I’m talking about ‘Potente’, Cabernet Sauvignon Rubicone I.G.P. of the Santerno Wines line, which in recent months has been able to collect more than one important token of success.

Awarding it 95 points in his ‘Yearbook of the Best Italian wines 2021’, Luca Maroni recognized in this wine “viticultural and oenological qualities of rare tenor” which give it “a combination of fantastic density, harmonious softness and limpid, spicy, even grandiose clarity”. In addition to this, Potente distinguished itself at the last ‘AWC Vienna – International Wine Challenge’ by winning a brilliant silver medal.

When I was updating the academy awards in the technical data sheet for this labelI was even more gratified to note the many awards to which these latter were added.

Potente is without doubt proving to be a winner, able to win over the national and international public with solid consistency, which, without doubt, ranks it among the top wines produced since the founding of Tenute d’italia.

The key to this success must certainly be attributed to the complex research work that led to its creation, inspired by the most ancient winemaking traditions of Romagna but with an eye to the international scene.

A factor binding Potente to the land of its birth is without doubt its blend: if the Cabernet Sauvignon grown in the Santerno Valley contributes 85% to the blend, the remaining 15% consists of the very rare Uva del Tundé, an indigenous variety with simply unique characteristics recently rediscovered in RomagnaThe wealth of its offering is evident from our first glance at the glass: the dense ruby red, typical of Cabernet Sauvignon, turns in our glass to an intensely purple, voluptuous hue which builds anticipation for the full, fresh taste the interplay between juicy fruity notes and appetizing spices.

During the development of production procedures, the team of Tenute d’ Italia oenologists leading the Potente project decided on a variety solutions aimed at enriching the body of this Cabernet Sauvignon Rubicone I.G.P. making it simply unique.

As well as deciding on a slightly later harvest of the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, Potente is subjected to a further notable refinement in tonneaux resulting in a highly aromatic profile of the wine, both on the nose and on the palate

But if we find the complexity and delicacy of an almost chewable wine in our glass, we are, at the same time able to appreciate the sensational freshness of Potente.

These characteristics, together with the bold tannin, support the framework of a perfectly balanced, persuasively convincing product - be it at the table or as a contemplative wine.

Wine of the Month: "Sintria"

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The first distinctive character of Merlot Rubicone I.G.P. Sintria is the actual blend, made up of 100% Merlot, without the addition of any other variety, and this very characteristic has strongly influenced the specific choices adopted for the vinification and aging process. In fact, the oenologists have literally put themselves at the service of the Merlot, studying every detail of the production process with the aim of enhancing each of its specific characteristics.

Read also: Wine of the Month / An Introduction: Potente & Sintria

The success of this careful search for typicality is already evident in the visual analysis, to which Sintria offers its intense, brilliant ruby red colour, tinged with attractive purple hues, while the rotation of the glass shows all the consistency of its body.

On the nose you can immediately perceive the finesse of the embrace between the juicy fruity notes and the spicy tertiary sensations conferred by the refinement in tonneaux, in a gentle dance that involves hints of black cherry, purple plum and blueberry together with clove, vanilla and liquorice.

However, the tasting is the moment in which you can fully grasp, in its enveloping elegance, all the softness of Sintria: the alcoholic heat pleasantly pervades the palate, balanced by a harmonious tannin, clear but not intrusive, perfect co-star of that show that is the Sintria tasting.

The special balance between secondary and tertiary hints – perceived on the nose and perfectly recognisable also on the palate - suggests pairing Sintria with simple but well-structured dishes: rich appetizers with traditional cold cuts, first courses with red meat sauces (tagliatelle al ragù), grilled meat but also small game (hare) and medium-aged cheeses.

Wine of the Month: Ilione

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As we recount this great story and offer it to you through our blog, we can’t ignore what may be described as the children of our passion: our wines.

Each month we are going to offer you a contribution from our colleague, Master Oenogastronomist Sommelier AIES Veronica Casella, dedicated to one of the products in the Tenute d’Italia catalogue, to give you a close up view of our philosophy and our work. It may just excite your curiosity!

So we’ll immediately clear the field for the first article/tasting that Veronica has dedicated to a really special wine, not just for its quality but above all for what it represents in our personal history: the Romagna D.O.C Sangiovese Superiore"Ilione” is in fact the first organic wine produced by Tenute d’Italia, the fruit of intense research that our team hopes to be able extend to the entire “Canale dei Molini” line.

The truly exceptional situation we are experiencing in recent months is profoundly affecting both our daily lives and the real traditions that mark our lives.
For the first time I have in fact had to renounce the traditional Easter lunch in the home of my maternal grandmother, a fixed appointment not only in its regularity in the family calendar but also in the menu.
Strictly circumscribed in every one of its courses, it has always represented a kind of security in terms of quality (and abundance!) for the whole family.

Despite the impossibility of being able to share personally, I have however decided to carry on the tradition to the best extent possible by consulting my grandmother over the phone to get her recipes and precious advice on the preparations and thus honouring (even at a distance) that special moment of sharing.

One of the most crucial moments of the preparations was certainly the choice of wine to be served at table and to be paired with the fruit of all my (quite unremarkable!) efforts in the kitchen. I was looking for a full-bodied wine, with character, able to deal with the rich preparations of the family culinary repertoire, but at the same time I had the desire to include in the logic of my pairing that small, but fundamental element of innovation that lies at the basis of every step through which an ancient tradition is handed down, facing a new future.

And that’s when I thought of Ilione; a wine that renders homage to one of the oldest wine making traditions of Romagna, that has as a protagonist the vigorous Sangiovese, combining it with the most modern wine making and aging techniques.

Taking advantage of this opportunity to appreciate also its most recent evolution in the bottle, I opted for the 2017 - the second, and so far, the latest production since its debut in 2016.

The thing that strikes one immediately is the exquisite ruby red that immediately reveals the complete fidelity with which this wine depicts the Sangiovese grape: brilliant and profound, Ilione enchants the eye, as only a great classic, a true timeless beauty is able to do.

A gentle rotation of the glass reveals the first features of Ilione's magnificent body and exudes the first scents, tantalising our sense of smell.

Approaching the glass, the great typicality of this Sangiovese is expressed in all its detail: a luxurious prelude of blackberries and cherries introduces the concert of floral scents in which the notes of violet excel, finely articulated on a crescendo of spicy tones, most prevalent of which are vanilla and black pepper.

Intense, fragrant, surprising for the wide persistence of its charm but above all for the cleanness of the scents; clearer and more recognizable than ever, they give us a faithful, even masterly, portrait of the Sangiovese in it’s purest form.

Now we’ve finally arrived at the tasting, where we realize that the slow, gradual preparation up to this point has made it even more special: if the desire to taste Ilione was already awoken at the first glance, the gradual unveiling of each characteristic has in fact the power to render the last act of our tasting a real triumph of pleasure.

The full, fragrant body harmonises with the extraordinary freshness on which the scents are already perceived by the nose: we pick up the dense juiciness of the blackberries, the crunchiness of the cherries, to finally catch the provocative spicy hints typical of the vine, harmonized with the soft tannins that wrap gently around the palate.

In short, what we perceive on the palate is not just the unfolding of a fine, elegant, masterfully balanced wine: Ilione’s excellence is revealed in the profound coherence that binds each of its characteristics and makes its tasting an indispensable experience for every wine lover.

This Organic Romagna D.O.C Sangiovese Superiore 2017 has proved to be an excellent pairing for almost all of my lunch courses, from the aubergine parmigiana to the roast kid, to the inevitable fried lamb ribs.

To our next tasting!

Wine of The Month: Manzoni Bianco Rubicone I.G.P. "Cheilante"

Lately we have had the opportunity to speak quite frequently about our production of white wines, especially in relationship to our network joining the "Club dei Bianchi in Romagna" (“White Wines Club of Romagna”) project.

As specified in one of our latest articles, in addition to some of the most famous native white varieties from Romagna (Pignoletto and Albana), our production also involves other varieties, such as Chardonnay - the international white grape par excellence - Pinot Grigio and... the Incrocio Manzoni 6.0.13!

It is decidedly impossible not to be intrigued by the name of this grape variety - we invite you to discover its history and characteristics on our website by clicking here - but equally surprising will be the discovery of its potential in our glass.

Manzoni Bianco Rubicone I.G.P. "Cheilante" of the Santerno Wines line is certainly one of the white wines with the greatest personality in the Tenute d'Italia catalogue. A real terroir wine, Cheilante perfectly combines the qualities of the grape with which it is produced and the special characteristics of the specific territory in which it is born, for a simply unrepeatable combination.

Its straw yellow colour with delicate greenish reflections immediately suggests that we find ourselves in front of an intensely fresh wine, but right from the first rotations in our glass we can also glimpse its sumptuous body.

The first movement of the wine in the glass releases the first intriguing notes of its bouquet to the nose: at the beginning fruity hints dominate, from juicy citrus fruits - grapefruit and orange peel - to ripe pear, immediately embraced and refined by fresh notes of white flowers - jasmine - and delicate herbaceous suggestions, like a fresh meadow beaded with dew on a summer morning.

Now we proceed with the tasting, and here the Cheilante personality unfolds in all its enchanting complexity.

The exceptional freshness is supported by a special savory note - a distinctive brand of the territory of origin, the Santerno Valley - but the overall sensation is anything but hard: the surprising alcoholic support gives Cheilante a warmth, a softness, that perfectly balance the sensations on the palate, providing an excellent example of what is called well balanced wine.

Its characteristics undoubtedly make Cheilante a wine that is suitable for accompanying our whole meal, from the first courses - for which I recommend (from experience!) a good risotto with asparagus - to the main courses, especially fish, which we can grill , garnished with a few, simple aromatic herbs, or serve raw, like a tartare or, dreaming of the East, in a sushi version.

Whatever your choice, I recommend paying particular attention to the temperature: although it is absolutely necessary to serve it cool, it should nevertheless not be excessively so. In other words, too low a temperature will not allow Cheilante to fully express its characteristics: to guarantee the maximum pleasure to our tasting it will therefore be necessary to maintain the serving temperature around 10°C-12°C.

Wine of the Month: Pignoletto D.O.C. Spumante Extra Dry 2019

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Those of you who regularly visit our social pages certainly already know that during the month of April, despite all the difficulties of this period, Tenute d'Italia was able to complete the production of the new vintage of one of its most popular products: the Pignoletto D.O.C. Extra Dry sparkling wine from the Santerno Wines line.

Produced entirely with grapes from our Linaro vineyards, this wine has come not only to reaffirm the strong connection that Tenute d'Italia maintains with its territory and its traditions, but in this precise historical moment it stands as a real example of the tenacity with which life, despite the difficulties, manages to go on and blossom like a flower in the concrete. Some of the most delicate phases of its realization, first of all the refermentation, took place in the midst of the crisis that has hit our country, demonstrating how, against the background of history, nature retains its rhythms, its times, unstoppable and imperturbable, sometimes ruthless, but always able to show us how, after all, life goes on.

So, in tasting this wine we are experiencing a small miracle, and not just for the simple fact that its production reached completion, but above all for the incredible quality that it has been able to guarantee throughout the entire production process and, consequently, to the final product.

The Pignoletto D.O.C. Extra Dry Sparkling Wine 2019 "Santerno" presents itself to our eyes with a magnificent bright straw yellow colour, with soft green reflections that make us foretaste a joyfully fresh and jaunty wine.

The perlage is fine and elegant, the sign of an excellent refermentation technique - performed in an autoclave (Charmat method) to preserve intact the typical fragrance of the grape.

We approach the still glass for the first time, to appreciate the principle aromas of our sparkling wine, and we are immediately struck by the intensity of the fruity notes, in a delightful game of tag between citrus and tropical sensations. Moving the glass gently, however, our sparkling wine reveals itself in all its complexity, combining fine floral notes of jasmine and a slight herbaceous counterpoint.

It is now clear how each phase of our tasting, each new step we take to draw closer to our wine, to get to know it better, surprises us: it literally fills us with curiosity to taste, ready - and eager - to be surprised again.
Our expectations are in no way unfulfilled: tasting is perhaps the most exciting moment of our journey to discover this Pignoletto D.O.C. Sparkling wine, the one in which we can fully grasp its personality.

If our olfactory senses have been charmed by the intense fruity notes, the palate is pervaded by an elegant, clean, solemn taste. The finesse of the so-called hard parts of our wine - freshness, flavour and effervescence - is perfectly appreciable both in their singularity and in the entirety, in the interaction they create to outline the clear contours of the vigorous body of this sparkling wine. Just as on the nose, the intensity engages with an excellent aromatic persistence, guaranteed on the palate by that hint of a bitter note at the end which is the true distinctive signature of the grape.

I believe that anyone who has the opportunity to carefully appreciate this Pignoletto D.O.C. Extra Dry Sparkling Wine 2019 will agree that it really is worth imagining occasions for consumption well beyond the simple aperitif: personally I have always found the pairing of Pignoletto in the "mossa" version (sparkling and fizzy) with some of the best, most typical dishes of Bolognese cuisine. A prime example would be tortellini in broth for which I believe that this specific sparkling wine can be guaranteed as an almost perfect accompaniment, precisely by virtue of that slightly bitter final note.

On the thresholdof the summer season, I can’t help but dream of being able to soon accompany this Pignoletto Spumante with a tasty fried fish, perhaps enjoyed right on the seashore in the company of all those friends that I can't wait to embrace again.

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