It's here. It's finally here. The day we welcome Francesco de Filippis, the winemaker behind the biodynamic Tuscan wonder that is Cosimo Maria Masini.
Because there's a piece of Tuscany that exists below the radar. Way away from all the Frances Mayes tourists, and way smaller than the winemaking behemoths (Antinori, Frescobaldi, et al.) that make wine in million-bottle quantities, treat the grape-sourcing as a logistics exercise, and sell dubious Chianti-like things at duty-free shops across the globe.
Francesco is going to take you there. Based in San Minato, he farms 35 acres of vineyards... and 11 of olive trees. They practice biodynamic farming, and gentle, non-interventionist winemaking (he'll talk about what that means to him)... and the results are quite unlike any Tuscan wines you've ever had.
We're tasting a veritable rainbow coalition today! His Annick (a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Vermentino)! His Matilde (a rosé made from Sangiovese and Sanforte!)! His Daphne (an 'orange' wine made from Trebbiano Toscana and Malvasia)!
Reddening up, we'll pour his Sincero (which the label calls "Happy Tuscan Wine")! His Nicole (Sangiovese)... and his freakishly good and, well, kinda serious Cosimo (a blend of Sangiovese, Sanforte and Bonamico, two rare native varieties).
If you're lucky? We may even pour his Fedardo... perhaps the first biodynamically made Vin Santo in existence! Grapes are air-dried, hung on hooks for 4 months, foot-stomped in vats ("gentle" winemaking is a relative term!), aged for 7 years... and then inexplicably released for the delight of ordinary mortals like ourselves.
These are special wines: prepare to leave with your mind blown... and your wallet intact!
The estate. (Note the surrounding forest, the life between the rows...)
3- 5 PM at Elmwood.
Francesco in the House!