BATZELLA, TAM, BOLGHERI SUPERIORE

 

TUSCANY, ITALY 2013

 

Batzella has been a favorite under-the radar, rising star since its inception in 2000. Known as an “up-and-coming estate that readers will want to keep an eye on” (Antonio Galloni), it seems that the 2013 vintage has sky-rocketed their status from being relatively unknown to becoming one of the Super Tuscan elites. As the first vintage in which the wines have begun to show their true potential, we’re thrilled to introduce you to their 2013 Tam Superiore. Scoring 94-points from both Wine Advocate and Vinous, this flagship red has truly brought this Maremma-based estate to the next level.

 

With an extraordinary wine from a couple that is far from ordinary, the Batzella Tam seems to perfectly embody proprietors Franco Batzella and Khanh Nguyen. With no family ties to the region, nor any connection to a winegrowing family, their wine ‘rags to riches’ story closely mirrors the journey of Cabernet itself in Tuscany. For a long time, Sangiovese was seen as the only grape that could produce wines of quality in the region. With the introduction of Sassicaia in the late 60’s, and in the wake of its success, Cabernet was officially recognized and required in the blends of Bolgheri and is now profoundly linked to the soil and climate of the territory. Like the non-native varieties they’ve planted and coaxed to greatness, the happy couple has defied tradition in the very best way – and come out on top. Italian-born Batzella and Vietnam-born Nguyen’s life story is a beautiful intersection of two different cultural identities, as they chose to make the small medieval village of Bolgheri their home in order to showcase non-traditional varieties in their wines. After studying winemaking in Bordeaux and later at UC Davis in California, the couple began producing some of the most outstanding wines in Bolgheri. The name Tam is Vietnamese for passion, and the wine showcases their search for the elusive balance between elegance and power.

 

From seven hectares of vines planted near the Tuscan Coast, the fruit destined for Tam emerges from limestone based soils and is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Incredibly expressive, the wine “exudes serious brawn and might” (Monica Larner) with concentrated dark black fruit and exotic spice - beautifully pairing aromatic intensity with exceptional depth. With 94-points and up to 20% off, this is a wine you don’t want to miss!  

 

*Offer NOT valid in-store. Offer is made pre-arrival, with the wines estimated to be delivered to your preferred store in August/September 2018. All sale prices are the lowest available at Total Wine & More and ONLY valid through Concierge Sales. No further discounts or coupons may be applied. Offer not valid in CO, NY, TN and WI. This offer is for ONE WEEK, or until sold out, and will expire on Thursday, June 7, 2018.