Bonaccorsi family has been tending the vineyards on the eastern slope of Etna at an altitude of 500--â850 meters for four generations. The high altitude and the volcanic soil produce wines of immense character and structure. A doctor by trade, Vincenzo Bonaccorsi made family wine on the side for many years. He called this wine VALCERASA. In 1996, Alice Bonaccorsi began making wines with her father, Vincenzo, in a more serious manner. They enlisted the help of enologist Salvo Foti in the early years to help them get the property off the ground. They released their first vintage in 1997, with great success. This encouraged them to purchase more vineyards and today the Estate totals 20 ha. The Estate is located on the northeastern side of Mt. Etna, between the villages of Passopisciaro and Randazzo. As of 2003, Alice is the sole proprietor of VALCERASA. She manages the Estate with her husband, Rosario Pappalardo. Only indigenous varietals are grown. This includes Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio and Carricante. As the agronomist, Alice maintains the traditional goblet trellising system that severely limits yields and in turn produces concentrated and intense wines. She farms the beautifully trellised volcanic vineyards organically. The Estate is rich in gnarly old vines that lend complexity and character through naturally low yields. The newer plantations of Nerello Mascalese and Cappuccio are planted via selection massal, from the best old vines on the original Estate.
"San Giusto is a reference-point estate that encapsulates so many of the artisan values" - Antonio Galloni
Wine Advocate #196 Aug 2011 Antonio Galloni 95 Drink: 2016 - 2028
The 2008 La Ricolma (Merlot) is brilliant. Layers of well-articulated fruit, violets and minerals come together beautifully in the glass in this brilliant Ricolma. The wine possesses dazzling inner perfume and tons of freshness all the way through to the pure, chiseled finish. I especially like the balance of opulence and vibrancy here. This is a hugely impressive effort from San Giusto a Rentennano, not to mention easily one of the finest wines made in central Tuscany in 2008. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2028.
"Antinori seems to do everything well these days, from churning out millions of bottles of supermarket wines all the way to turning out superb versions of their many flagship bottlings." - Antonio Galloni
Wine Advocate #196 Aug 2011 Antonio Galloni 94 Drink: 2014 - 2024
The 2008 Tignanello is unquestionably one of the wines of the vintage. The 2008 isn’t a huge or obvious Tignanello, rather it is a wine that impresses for its sublime elegance and precision. Understated layers of fruit caress the palate like cashmere in this impeccable, soft wine. There is not a hard edge to be found. Black cherries, tobacco, smoke and licorice are some of the notes that come through on the finish. The flavor profile is decidedly on the dark side, but the wine’s structure is medium in body and intensity. In 2008 the Tignanello has more energy, focus and length than the Solaia. It is a fabulous achievement! The 2008 Tignanello is 80% Sangiovese aged in 300-liter French oak barrels (1/3rd new), 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc, both aged in 100% new 225-liter French oak barriques. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.