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Terrabianca Ceppate Italy 2005

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75% Cabernet Sauvignon - 25% Merlot.The name of Ceppate comes from "ceppoö (the vine) and the wine is the result of the "fusionö of the grapes of two territories, each with its strong personality, that of the Senese Chianti Classico, and the other of the area around Massa Marittima, in the Grosseto Maremma region.These two regions generate the grapes from which this stupendous wine is derived. On the one hand the Chianti Classico region, of great importance in the history of world wine; and on the other, the most prestigious wine region of Maremma, which is increasingly attracting interest. The wine has extraordinary characteristics, in concentration, richness of components and varietal identity, thanks to the ideal microclimates.The dark and impenetrable ruby color reveals the fullness of its body. The bouquet shows distinct currant and blackberry flavors, harmoniously mixed with notes of noble wood, licorice, cocoa and aromatic tobacco. The palate is silky and well sustained by the fleshiness of the ripe and soft tannins. The long and harmonious finish distinguishes this wine as an accompaniment to the most refined dishes.

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Terrabianca:
It was back in 1908 when my grandparents, the young Gaspare and Giuseppina Ferlin, emigrated from Rovigo and opened a Venetian tavern, the Chiantiquelle - Casa Ferlin, in Zurich. Before long, they had become well-known not only in the large Italian community, but also among the Zürichers. My grandmother was an excellent cook and my grandfather was a Venetian, a real character full of spirit... Read more
It was back in 1908 when my grandparents, the young Gaspare and Giuseppina Ferlin, emigrated from Rovigo and opened a Venetian tavern, the Chiantiquelle - Casa Ferlin, in Zurich. Before long, they had become well-known not only in the large Italian community, but also among the Zürichers. My grandmother was an excellent cook and my grandfather was a Venetian, a real character full of spirit. The wine served at the Chiantiquelle - Casa Ferlin didn’t come from Veneto, but from Greve in Chianti, from the Castello d’Uzzano, where Gaspare went every year to choose it himself and to bring it in demijohns on the train back to Zurich. I got to know that unforgettable smell of the straw-covered flasks with my uncle Menotti, helping him to carry thousands of those bottles into the basement of the restaurant. So Chianti found a way into my arms and especially into my heart! My father, Roberto senior, had another business, a beautiful clothing shop on Zurich’s prestigious Bahnhofstrasse, and he sent me abroad to learn more about the trade. For 5 years I worked and studied in England, France and Italy, with a brief period in Spain at the end. It was a wonderful, unique experience, though hard at times, and it opened by eyes to the world. I then entered the family business, which I enjoyed up to the very end. In about 1985 I felt the longing for a change in life, to go back to my roots, to live savoring the country life, and to bring my family to the hills of Chianti and to make wine. At that time it wasn’t a “trendy” choice to make, and it was an adventure for the family. But my wife also wanted to have a country life, filled with colors and flavors. Looking for the farm of my dreams was a great experience. First of all, I looked for two professionals who could help me find the right soil and the area where it would be possible to make the kind of wine that I had in mind. Through the many books I had read about Tuscan wines I met the enologist Vittorio Fiore, and later the agronomist Remigio Bordini. With them I discovered the Terrabianca estate on the hills of Radda in Chianti. In 1988-89 I moved to Tuscany with my whole family, but never in our wildest dreams could we have imaged what lay before us! Living in the country and making wine is a great challenge. We had to learn everything from step one, and very quickly. School for the kids, the farm work, the winery, the people involved in wine. Everything was new, but with enthusiasm, a great deal of intuition and a lot of hard work, you can even move mountains! Read less

75% Cabernet Sauvignon - 25% Merlot.The name of Ceppate comes from "ceppoö (the vine) and the wine is the result of the "fusionö of the grapes of two territories, each with its strong personality, that of the Senese Chianti Classico, and the other of the area around Massa Marittima, in the Grosseto Maremma region.These two regions generate the grapes from which this stupendous wine is derived. On the one hand the Chianti Classico region, of great importance in the history of world wine; and on the other, the most prestigious wine region of Maremma, which is increasingly attracting interest. The wine has extraordinary characteristics, in concentration, richness of components and varietal identity, thanks to the ideal microclimates.The dark and impenetrable ruby color reveals the fullness of its body. The bouquet shows distinct currant and blackberry flavors, harmoniously mixed with notes of noble wood, licorice, cocoa and aromatic tobacco. The palate is silky and well sustained by the fleshiness of the ripe and soft tannins. The long and harmonious finish distinguishes this wine as an accompaniment to the most refined dishes.

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