Castello del Terriccio

Italy, Tuscany

The Castello del Terriccio is beautifully positioned around twenty-five kilometres north of Bolgheri, with commanding views towards Corsica. The 60 hectares of vines enjoy wonderful exposure, overlooking the sea, benefitting from its brightness and cooling breezes. The vineyards are surrounded by 'maquis' and eucalyptus trees, which as well as protecting them, also contribute to the aromas and scents that so characterise the Terriccio wines.

Planted predominately with Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Syrah, the wines are made by consultant oenologist Carlo Ferrini, who has to date brought thirteen 'Tre Bicchiere' awards to the estate.

These are wines that can be approached almost immediately and yet age so well over a decade and more.

The estate continues in the hands of Vittorio Piozzo di Rosignano Rossi di Medelana who took over after the extraordinarily charming Cav. Gian Annibale Rossi di Medelana Serafini Ferri (or 'Pucci' as he was fondly known) who died at the end of 2019. Vittorio has the same team around him working in the cellars and the vineyards and the estate is going from strength to strength.

Castello del Terriccio is a large, sprawling estate located in the north of Maremma. These hillside vineyards overlook the ocean, which contributes to the unique microclimate at the property. A recent vertical of the estate’s flagship Lupicaia going back to 1993 found the wines in great shape, with tons of freshness as well as notable complexity and nuance. That tasting will be posted on in the near future. The winemaking team, led by consulting oenologist Carlo Ferrini has done a fabulous job with these 2005s. The vintage wasn’t an easy one, as rainfall was greater than normal and temperatures were on the cool side. Still, all of these wines show exceptional balance. Over the years the use of new oak in the top wines has come down, and what had begun to emerge is a wonderful clarity of the fruit that is grown on this remarkable property. The entry-level Tassinaia can be considered the second wine of Lupicaia. Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate,