Introducing Tornesi le Benducce from Montalcino



The Tornesi family has owned their estate, known as Le Benducce, since 1750: long before Brunello di Montalcino became known as a wine and even before Italy became a unified nation.

The winery is still family operated, with Maurizio Tornesi at the helm of both viticulture and winemaking. He is a true Tuscan farmer-  as authentic as they come. Maurizio knows the land of Montalcino and the Sangiovese Grosso grape like the back of his hand.

The estate has 7 hectares under vines, more than half of which is Sangiovese Grosso- the Brunello clone- used for Brunello di Montalcino as well as Rosso di Montalcino. Also in production are some 600 olive trees. Vineyards are worked fully by hand, and yield-reduction is a primary tenet of vineyard practice, as well as high density planting.

His winemaking is traditional, with no use of small oak or new oak in his Brunello and focusing on both native yeasts and minimal intervention.

The first time we sat down with Maurizio we of course tasted through many (spectacular) vintages of his Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino, but we also spied a jaunty looking bottle sitting on the shelf behind him next to his lunch. When asked, he shrugged and said it was "just" his Rossa da Tavola (table red.) He pulled it out, we passed it around, and while it was simple to be sure we were knocked out by the quality of such a humble bottling! It's an absolute steal at $15.50. All of his wines are a steal, frankly, and we couldn't be prouder to have this great estate as one of the latest additions to our growing Italian portfolio.


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