Located in the heart of Maremma, the Tenuta Marsiliana Estate is comprised of almost 3000 hectares of fields, forests, natural springs, vineyards and olive groves. It is some of the most beautiful property in the Maremma and has an almost fanciful feel about it. The origins of its name come from a young girl, Bella Marsilia, a youth who was captured by the Turkish pirate Barbarossa and taken to the sultan in Constantinople as a gift. In that vein of untouched innocence, the estate draws inspiration for its name. It’s a name that speaks of the sea, like the air it breathes, and of a Mediterranean countryside whose unspoiled beauty has remained intact thanks to the Corsini family. It’s a wonder in this day how anything is named after someone who was trafficked as a slave, but perhaps it is an homage. Yes?
The Marsiliana Estate is reached by traversing a landscape unlike any other, with silex trees, villages, pastoral fields of wheat and sunflowers, vineyards, and grumpy white roads that come together in a timeless portrait of Tuscany.
This unique environment has been kept beautiful and natural by the Corsini family for generations, and brought forth into contemporary relevance thanks to the fruits of their property: wine and olive oil. Today, along with the Medieval Village on the property, the estate represents the historical heritage of this territory. In this last fragment of the untamed Maremma, the human footprint is still in perfect harmony with this reserve of nature.
Recently we tasted the yet to be released flagship wine of the Marsiliana estate and it was spectacular. A deep crimson red in the glass that develops a core that is near black, this wine is punctuated by lovely, refined aromas of black plums, roasted coffee, dried tobacco leaf, and Tuscan herbs. On the palate, this luscious 2013 boasts flavors of crushed black berry and plum, wild herbs and eucalyptus, toasted vanilla and cigar leaf. The texture is dusty and powdery with silky tannins and plenty of acidity that keeps this gem fresh. This is a stylish blend of Cabernet, Merlot and Petit Verdot that is vinified in stainless steel and then aged in barrique for 15 months. A full year’s bottle aging is completed before release. From the Costa Toscana IGT. 93 points. A tremendous value around $30 Euro. Wines can be purchased online directly from the estate.
The 2013 Marsiliana should be released this fall. Salute!