Tenimenti d'Alessandro is the pioneering winery for Rhône-style wines in Cortona. The winery began experimenting with 10 acres of Syrah in the late 1980s and discovered that Cortona was ideally suited to Rhône varietals. They followed with an additional 80 acres and are now recognized as the benchmark producer of Syrah and Viognier in Italy.
Cortona sits to the east of Montepulciano in southeastern Tuscany. The mesoclimate of the area is almost identical to that of the Northern Rhône: hot and sunny with cool temperatures at night. The vineyards are planted to Northern Rhône clones of Viognier and Syrah and are farmed organically.
Borgo Syrah is the “village” wine of Tenimenti Luigi d’Alessandro and is intended as an introduction to Cortona’s terroir. The wine is from the youngest vineyards on the estate and mechanization is allowed for certain operations. Borgo Syrah is completely destemmed and vinified in stainless-steel tanks and concrete vats for 12 months.
The goal of Borgo Syrah is to capture the character of Cortona while providing a fruitier, softer, and earlier drinking experience than Il Bosco Syrah. This deeply colored red wine has aromas of blackberries, aniseed, and balsam. On the palate, the wine is juicy with supple tannins and a lingering spicy finish.
Syrah, with its spicy flavors, full body, and firm tannins, is a natural match to grilled or smoked meat and dishes featuring earthy flavors such as herbs, mushrooms, and onions. Pair Syrah with a platter of mixed roasted meats like pork, rabbit, poultry, and fowl, or a classic bistecca alla fiorentina.