2009 Argiano Non Confunditur

Year: 2009
Appellation: Tuscany
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 92
Red Wine
Price :
$14.95
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2011 WINE SPECTATOR TOP 100: #46

"An appealing graphite aroma adds depth to the black currant, violet and cedar aromas and flavors in this svelte red, which is smooth, with finely woven tannins. The bright acidity drives the spicy finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Sangiovese. Best from 2013 through 2021. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 9,166 cases made." (WS)

MOST IMPRESSIVE $14.95 FOUR VARIETAL SUPER TUSCAN – A REAL WINNER! 2009 ARGIANO, ROSSO TOSCANO NON CONFONDITUR

Though I’ve enjoyed several vintages of this remarkable modest priced Super Tuscan, this 2009 is the finest one yet. The wine is a unique masterful blend of four compatible red varieties being 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 20% Syrah and 20% Sangiovese.

The wine is made to display, in a most attractive way, the fresh fruity quality of these varieties with minimum but sufficient tannin and a most pleasing just right crisp acid balance. If served blind to me I would have thought this was a Cabernet Blend most likely from Italy, or Southern France. In actually the wine comes from Tuscany produced by the Argiano Co-Op, which is near the well-known Tuscan wine town of Montalcino.

In the aroma and flavors of this medium to full-bodied wine the predominate fruit is appealing dark ripe cher¬ries, which is not surprising as it is this fruit that I find in the forefront of describing both Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. One also finds a bit of the softness and black currant character of Merlot as well as touches of the truffle/wild mushroom, cassis one finds in the better Sangiovese. Very enjoyable now the wine may even gain with a year or so of aging and keep well for another 4 or 5 years. The normal price for this wine is around $20, with L.A. Wine Co., having it on special for $14.95, which in my book makes it one of the most appealing red wines currently available from anywhere in the world selling for under $15 (and maybe $20 to $25).

In the making of the wine, the harvest began at the end of September for the Syrah and Merlot and com¬pleted a few weeks later in early-mid October with the picking of the Sangiovese and Cabernet. Each of the varieties goes thorough its own separate fermentation in stainless steel tanks in order to preserve the individual characteristics. After fermentation, the varieties are sill kept separate with some if the wine aging in French regu¬lar size barrels and some in large Slovenian oak casks. After several months of this wood aging, the final blend occurs, ending with a real winner that combines a goodly amount of refreshing fruitiness with a surprising degree of complexity for a wine in its modest price category.

RATING: 91 (Compared to other reds under $15, it deserves a 95/96).

PRICE: $14.95 **** bargain

WHERE: Los Angeles Wine Co.

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Winery Notes:
Non Confunditur’s initials N.C., are often thought to refer to Noemi Cinzano, Argiano's longstanding owner. The truth however is 'Non Confunditur' is the Latin term written on Argiano’s crest and was the motto of the former owners, the Lovatelli Gaetani d'Aragona family. We baptized this wine as Non Confunditur to honor the prestigious and glorious past of Argiano. Non Confunditur is a unique marriage of both Tuscan and French grapes. Since 2002, NC has taken its place next to the best Tuscan blends.

Tasting profile
Non Confunditur is a wine that shows definite character, it is full-bodied with soft-tannins and has a long lasting finish. This blend made of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Sangiovese shows exciting power, with the inherent sweetness of the Merlot acting as a bridge between the firm earthiness of the Sangiovese grape, the spicy blackcurrant of the Cabernet and the warm red fruit of the Syrah. The result is a generous, round red wine for early to mid-term drinking with nice aromas of currant and generous fruit flavors, which are versatile enough to develop more depth over several months in bottle.

Climatic conditions
Argiano’s vineyards are blessed with a fortunate microclimate and enviable position both of which contribute to favourable development of the grapes. The extended vegetative cycle and maturation period are due to the 300m above see level plateau thus creating cool nights in the summer months. The moderate rainfall in general of Montalcino promotes a better and healthier ripening period, bringing more concentration and flavours to the wine. This combined with the constant and warm winds from the Maremma that cool down the grapes during the hottest days of summer enables a slower ripening period rendering all over favourable conditions. Last but not the least, the close proximity of Argiano to Monte Amiata, one of Tuscany’s highest peak that shelters the whole area from bad weather. Consequently, all factors combined enable Argiano to produce year after year high profile wines and consistently good vintages.

Winemaking
The harvest begins usually the end of September with Syrah and Merlot, and is completed in the beginning of October with Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. Each of the four different grape varieties in the blend - Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah - is fermented in separate tanks in order to preserve their individual characteristics. Before blending, the wine is aged several months in both second passage French barriques and the traditional large Slovenian oak casks, in order to soften the tannins and to harmonize the different flavors of each grape variety. The final blend is made with 40% cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Sangiovese, 20% Merlot and 20% Syrah.