2014 Argiano Non Confunditur N.C.

Year: 2014
Appellation: Tuscany
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 90
James Suckling: 88
Wine Enthusiast: 87
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
Price :
$12.95

LAST CALL FOR THIS VINTAGE AND SAVINGS AS NEXT EFFORT IS SURE TO TO BE MORE EXPENSIVE!!

"Wild rosemary, thyme and tar flavors shade the black cherry and strawberry notes in this firm red, which is sinewy, with mouthcoating tannins on the dusty finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Merlot and Syrah. Best from 2018 through 2024. 9,166 cases made.–BS " (WS)

"Fresh and simple red with plum and berry character. Medium to light body and a simple finish. Drink now." (JS)

"Made with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Sangiovese, this opens with aromas of black currant, toast and graphite. The straightforward palate delivers wild cherry, espresso and anise alongside chewy, rather astringent tannins." (WE)

A QUITE APPEALING TUSCAN RED FOR $12.95 2014 ARGIANO – ROSSO TOSCANO – Non Confunditur

At the entrance to the very old cellars is the Argiano family crest, containing the motto “Non Confunditur” which translates to the word “UNIQUE” -- a word that in noticeable ways describes this Rosso Toscano, especially when you compare it to its kissing cousin, “Rosso di Montalcino.”

This 2014 Argiano Non-Confunditur is a fascinating blend of Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The attractive color is a dark ruby red resulting in a Tuscan wine that does not exhibit the cloying heaviness or over-intense extraction you find so often in other Tuscan “super reds.” Instead you find a wine that is quite approachable with a charming freshness and a just right level of crisp acidity.

The wine is now quite approachable and should keep well for another 2 to 4 years. Regular price is around $16 a bottle.

RATING: 90/91

PRICE: $12.95, **** 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.


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