Wine Rating: WS=92
Wine Rating: NR
Wine Rating: NR
Wine Rating: RP=93
Wine Rating: RP=100
Wine Rating: WS=94
Wine Rating: RP=96-98
Wine Rating: RP=96
Wine Rating: RP=94
Your Price: $14.45/bottle*
“Non Confunditor’ is a Latin term that means unique, unmistakable. Argiano christened this wine Non Confunditor as a tribute to their prestigious and glorious past. A product of the unique combination of Tuscan and French grapes, NC has earned its place alongside the finest super Tuscan blends.
The vineyards of Argiano benefit from a favorable microclimate and an enviable position which contribute to the development of the vines. The extended vegetative cycle and ripening period are due to the altitude of the plateau, 300 m above sea level, which determines cool nights in the summer months. The generally moderate rainfall in Montalcino favors better, healthier ripening of the grapes, conveying greater concentration and aromas to the wine. This, together with the hot and constant winds that blow from the Maremma, cooling the vines during the hottest summer days, allows slower ripening of the grapes, determining favorable general conditions. Lastly, Argiano is close to Mount Amiata, one of Tuscany’s highest peaks, which protects the entire area from bad weather. The combination of all these factors enables Argiano to make high profile wines and constantly good vintages, year after year.
The grape harvest usually begins in the middle of September, when the Syrah and Merlot are picked, and is completed at the beginning of October, with the Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. Each of the four different grape-varieties used in the blend – Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah – is fermented separately in order to preserve their individual characteristics. Before blending, the wine is aged for a short period of time in French oak barriques which have already been used once before, in the traditional large Slavonian oak barrels and in stainless steel tanks, to soften the tannins and harmonize the different flavors of each grape-variety.
NC is a wine with a decisive, full-bodied character, smooth tannins and a persistent finish. This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Merlot, and Syrah reveals an exciting potency, with the innate gentleness of Merlot creating a bridge between the evident earthiness of Sangiovese, the aromatic blackcurrant flavor of Cabernet and the warm red berries of Syrah. The result is a generous, rounded red wine, destined for short to medium ageing, with delicious aromas of currants and generous fruit flavors, versatile enough to develop in greater depth during long months in the bottle.
“The wine opens to a dark ruby color and a rich, velvety appearance. This is a very attractive blended red from Tuscany because it doesn't show the cloying heaviness or dense extraction you get with many of the other protagonists in the super Tuscan category.”
-Monica Larner, 91 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
*Please enter coupon code SOLID6 during checkout to receive an additional 15% discount, when you purchase 6 bottles of the same wine in this sale. Offer valid through 6/28/2016 at 11:59 p.m. PT, or until supply is sold out. This offer is valid only on www.wineranger.com. Applicable taxes and shipping are additional. Not valid in conjunction with any other offer. No adjustments to prior purchases.