Gian Annibale Rossi

An American gentleman once said to me, two of the best things you can do in life are raise horses and make wine….so that is exactly what I have done!

Gian Annibale Rossi, Proprietor

This is a fabulous set of wines from Castello del Terriccio. The estate is always among the last to release, but these 2007s are well worth the wait.

Antonio Galloni

Castello del Terriccio logoAbout Castello del Terriccio

This extensive estate is situated along the Tuscan coast about 10 miles north of Bolgheri. The property enjoys not only an ideal maritime location and unique microclimate but also an incredibly rich history, including Etruscan miners, bishops, counts of Pisa, and a Polish prince. After the First World War, the estate was purchased by the Count Serafini Ferri, who expanded the Terriccio into a virtually self-sufficient property, planting grasses, cereals, olive groves and vineyards. Today the 1,700-hectare (4,200 acres) estate is under the management of Dr. Gian Annibale Rossi di Medelana Serafini Ferri and, in addition to the 62 hectares (153 acres) of vines, encompasses a large agricultural farm and 60 competition horses.

A variety of circumstances in the eighties led to the decision to shift the estate’s focus from the production of cereals to wine. In order to produce great wines, Dr. Rossi realized that a radical intervention and revolution in the vineyards must take place. New varieties, more appropriate to the particular soil type and climate, were introduced and vines were trained to modern systems. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot were brought in from France, directly from some of Bordeaux’s most historic estates, as well as Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Sangiovese Grosso clones were brought from selected plantings in Montalcino and eventually Syrah, Petit Verdot and Viognier were planted as well. The particular soil types and location of each vineyard strictly dictated the choice in varietals.

The vinification techniques are very straightforward with the sole objective of exalting, at each stage of the winemaking process, the original character of the grapes and the unique nuance each wine receives from the soil. The vaulted, historic brick cellar (originally used for storing grain) has been maintained with the addition of several technical upgrades to adapt the space and technology to today’s requirements. Under the holistic technical direction of celebrated oenologist Carlo Ferrini, Castello del Terriccio presents a small, but prestigious portfolio of limited-production wines from the estate’s vines including four distinctive red wines (Lupicaia, Tassinaia, Castello del Terriccio, Cappanino), two whites (Rondinaia, Con Vento) and a rosè (Sassi Rosa).

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PREVIOUS OFFERS:

Castello and Lupicaia 2010s – Jun 10, 2016
Lupicaia 2009 + Tassinaia 2010 – Nov 12, 2015
Spring New Releases – May 5, 2015
Spring New Releases – Apr 3, 2014
Castello Vertical Offer – Feb 20, 2013

Location:

Castellina Marittima, Tuscany, Italy

Facts:

  • Location: Castellina Marittima, Tuscany, Italy
  • Year Founded: 1920
  • Owner: Dr. Gian Annibale Rossi di Medelana Serafini Ferri
  • Winemaker(s): Carlo Ferrini, Emanuele Vergari, Nicola Vaglini
  • Release Schedule: varies, generally summer or early fall
  • Cultivated Area: 62 hectares (153 acres)
  • Topography: hillside, facing the sea (south/southwest exposure)
  • Soil Type: varies from gravel, stone, sand and clay, with some islands of tuff – rich in minerals (copper, zinc and iron)
  • Annual Production: 200,000 bottles
  • Varieties Cultivated: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangiovese, Syrah, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier