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 12-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 in stainless steel tanks to retain the fresh acidity of the grapes, picked at only about 23 brix. After a light filtering and modest dosing of SO2, the resulting wine remains fresh and lively from start to finish. Yellow apples and citrus are accompanied by a light texture and crisp acidity, with an overall balance that is refreshing and sprightly. A wonderful pair for simple seafood preparations, firm cow cheeses, and fresh salads.
The Rosso Granato is Loghi’s top wine of the estate, coming from Valentino’s best selection of Sangiovese, and essentially made in the same fashion as the very close by Brunello di Montalcino DOCG. Granato is Italian for Garnet, and is the shade of red that best represents the wine. After hand harvesting the fruit, the juice fermented in stainless steel naturally, and was then moved to used Barrique for 8 months before bottling and resting for several years. This wine has intensity and purity of fruit interlaced, both on the nose and on the palate. Aromas of brooding red fruits are lifted with a light floral tone and fresh turned earth, and lead to a palate that is balanced with beautiful acidity and grippy tannins. Elegant and long in the mouth, the Grenato is built to age for years to come, or to decant and enjoy now with all of its complexity.
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. No filtration was done before bottling, and the result is complex yet very easy to drink. The finished wine is lively, showcasing red fruits, light spice, and earthy balance, and is a perfect compliment to red pasta sauces, braised meats, and vegetables.
loghi 'senipale' rosso
sangiovese, merlot, cabernet sauvignon
The Senipale is Valentino’s freshest and purest expression wine that he makes, and is a blend of Sangiovese, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. He uses no SO2 during the entire process, including at bottling, so that the cleanest and most lively example of fruit can be expressed in the glass. Natural fermentation took place in stainless steel, and a unique and traditional process called Piemontesina, where the wine is kept with the skins at a low temperature for an extra two months, was carried out for this wine. After an additional 8 months of rest in tank before being bottled without any filtration, the wine comes together in the bottle and is a very exciting wine to experience. Delightful red and black fruits shoot forth from the glass, offering hints of spice, as well as an exciting earthy tone. The palate has lively acidity, dark fruit, and a long finish that will pair well with Italian fare, cheese, vegetables, or can be contemplated and enjoyed on its own.
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.