Azienda Loghi is a small family farm situated in the province of Siena, Tuscany, within the up-and-coming Orcia Valley DOC as well as an area famed for its white truffles called Crete Senes. A remote 52 hectares of land where much of it is covered in natural forests, just 17 hectares are dedicated to what many connoisseurs say greatly rivals--if not surpasses--the popular truffles of Alba. Valentino Berni, who learned from 2 generations before him, collects these earthly gems and also has an exceptional passion and knack for making beautiful wines and olive oil from their 4 hectares of vineyards and 4 hectares of olive trees. As to preserve the land for the health of all that he harvests, Valentino's farming practices on his sandy clay soils are strictly pristine and completely natural. In the cellar, he follows this minimal approach from the fields, as Valentino allows natural fermentations for his reds, ages in used barrique and large Slavonic oak as to not impart too much foreign flavor to the wines, and keeps sulfite use to an absolute minimum. As a result, his wines are fresh and approachable, with great structure and class, showing off the local Sangiovese fruit, as well as other varieties.
trebbiano & malvasia
The Loghi Bianco is Valentino’s Trebbiano and Malvasia blend, coming from his 15-year-old estate fruit within the Orcia Valley. This is a beautiful expression of his grapes, as after the hand-harvested fruit was brought into the cellar, it was gently pressed and fermented very slowly in stainless steel tanks to retain the fresh acidity as well as the aromatic quality of the grapes. After a light filtering and modest dosing of SO2, the resulting wine remains fresh and lively from start to finish. From the nose to the palate, this wine offers minerals, stone fruits, salt, and truffle. Crispy lime and fresh apples that are deliciously caked in salt but they seem to be missing the caramel that could be expected with the round and exciting texture. A wine for fresh foods at the table, as it is long and expressive and dances between fruit and minerality.
loghi rosso di montalcino
The Rosso di Montalcino is selected from the same 2 hectares of Sangiovese grapes that the Brunello comes from, although the grapes are selected for the Rosso for the softer fruit, and the brighter and fresher side of things. After the hand harvest, the grapes are brought to the cellar for a natural fermentation in stainless steel and a slow process to get as much aromatic and phenolic character from the grape skins as possible. After aging for 8 months in very large Slavonian oak botti, the wine rests in bottle for many months before release. This wine is the definition of ‘Baby Brunello.’ The serious and more structured grapes were clearly avoided here, letting only the grace and finesse of the fruti fill the delicate wine inside. It alludes to seriousness, it hints at big structure, but the wine remains alive and absolutely stocked with a vibrant personality. Soft and perfectly ripe cherries, cherry cordial, forested truffled earthiness, and cocoa fill the nose as well as the mouth, and then is a long roller coast of a finish with intermingled acidity and delicious tannins.
sangiovese & merlot
The Rosso Toscano is a delightful and clean style wine, and is Valentino’s largest production at this small estate in the Orcia Valley. Being a blend of the local Sangiovese, as well as Merlot, it is a common combination that has sprung forth to showcase the way international varietals can express themselves in the Tuscan landscape. The hand-harvested fruit was left to naturally ferment separately in stainless steel tanks, and once complete, the Merlot was moved to first and second use French barrique for 6 months before it was combined with the resting Sangiovese to age another year together in tank. A nose of fresh cherries, dark plums, lots of flowers, and crushed rocks, leads to a palate that is distinctly Tuscany. Rich in structure that is full of acidity and only the soft kind of chewy tannins. The Merlot seems to wrap its plush arms around the tight Sangiovese, melding together as a perfect match of fruit, structure, and length.
loghi brunello di montalcino
The Brunello di Montalcino comes from a special selection of fruit in the vineyard, for only the vines that have the lowest yield and the most densely concentrated grapes are brought to the cellar to make this wine (the other grapes of the vineyard are kept aside for the more feminine Rosso di Montalicino). The wine naturally ferments in stainless steel tanks before it ages for at least 24 months in large Slavonian oak botti. After a few years in bottle the wine is ready for the market, and is approachable now, but built to last for years to come. The grapes shoot forth from the glass as clearly the ‘chosen ones;’ red cherry, coriander, eucalyptus, eucalyptus wood, and high tones that are distinctly Italian. In the mouth, this traditional Brunello if dark and brooding, with wet earth, mushrooms, tree bark, and acidity and chewy tannins that beg for air or food or both. Built for the long haul, this wonderfully expressive and layered wine can be enjoyed now, as it is clearly and distinctly and fantastically, Brunello.
loghi 'cinabro' rosso
sangiovese & colorino
The Rosso Cinabro is a remarkable example of the little known, and surely underappreciated, Orcia D.O.C. of Tuscany. Traditionally based on Sangiovese blends, this wine consists of 85% Sangiovese and 15% Colorino, the well-known blending grape that is aptly named for its intense dark color that it adds to other grapes. The hand-harvested fruit was brought in for natural fermentation in stainless steel and then was moved to age for one year in used French barriques. After a light filtering, the wine was bottled and rested for another year before released to the market. The result is serious and robust, yet still quite lively and fresh on the palate. Loads of earth-driven fruit, spice, and forest mushroom resound on the nose as well as in the mouth, giving way to a natural and fresh acidity that only the local Sangiovese can give.