Tenimenti Luigi 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.
Il Bosco (the forest) is a selection of 100% Syrah from three vineyards planted between 1988 and 1995 at a density of 7000 vines per hectare. The vineyards are situated at 280 to 300 meters above sea level and are hand-harvested. The wine is aged for 36 months, 1/3 in used barriques and 2/3 in large used oak casks.
Il Bosco is the winery’s theoretical premier cru with considerably more density and complexity than the entry-level Borgo Syrah. The wine shows clear varietal definition with dark fruit, floral aromas, and peppery spice while also maintaining its Tuscan (specifically Cortona) identity with vivid acidity and muscular tannins.
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.