There's an old expression in horseracing: bet the jockey, not the horse.

I swear by it when it comes to wine. All it takes for me is to know that a certain consultant, winemaker, or importer is involved, and I'm not asking questions; I'm not thinking twice; I'm buying.

Marco Bacci is one of those select few, and when I learned that this living legend, the creative force behind Renieri Brunello, was behind this bottling, I couldn’t wait to organize a tasting.

Bacci has designated a portion of the Terre di Talamo estate to produce this Per Cecco. Made entirely from Petit Verdot, this Super Tuscan displays all the distinctive character of that unappreciated grape: wild flowers, tobacco, wood, and peppercorn. When we think Petit Verdot, we don't naturally think of Italy, we think of France. But this is the brilliance of Bacci: in his expert hands, and with the great terroir that surrounds him, it somehow ends up conveying the soul, the essence, of Tuscany. It's one of the more remarkable feats, I think, in Italian winemaking today.

James Sucking sounded smitten in his 93-point review, writing, "This is layered and creamy with lovely density and beauty, offering plenty of blackberry and walnut character, medium to full body and a juicy finish. Lots of dark raspberry and black walnut."

It's that creaminess that called out to me, as well, in my recent tasting, along with the walnut character that Suckling identified. Together, they add up to a wine of distinction, character, and suppleness.

Give it time to open up fully — at least 45 minutes to an hour — and I assure you: it will reward you handsomely.

As good as it is to sit with by a fire, it's also great with food — the exact sort of wine you break out for a dinner party with friends, capable of going with nearly any red meat, chicken, or stew, not to mention charcuterie and a vast array of ripe cheeses, especially blue cheeses.
Today, and for one week, we're offering this gem at up to 30% off when purchasing 12 or more bottles. We're anticipating that it will go quickly, given Bacci's enormous stature, so act quickly!



*Offer NOT valid in-store. This offer is made pre-arrival, with wines estimated to be delivered to your preferred store in Spring/Summer 2022. With the supply chain issues that we are seeing globally, there may be some unforeseen delays which could affect the ETA. 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 CT, MI, NY or TN. This offer is for ONE WEEK, or until sold out, and will expire on Thursday, March 10, 2022.