AN INTERVIEW WITH GIANCARLO TOMMASI

GIANCARLO TOMMASI - OWNER AND ENOLOGIST TOMMASI FAMILY ESTATES
What do a professional vocation for wine and a great passion for fishing have in common? Probably, a relationship with time: the awareness that excellent results and profound satisfaction are obtained by being able to manage wisely the passing of time. This is a principle that Giancarlo Tommasi – born in 1974 and since 2002 the winemaker responsible for his family’s estates – knows well.
Giancarlo is married to Francesca and is the father of Lodovica and Elia, a lover of various sports and – what is fundamental – a patient angler. Constancy, sensitivity and tenaciousness: these are the qualities that Giancarlo applies in the winery exactly as he does on the bank of a river.
Great attention to every aspect of the production process sums up Giancarlo Tommasi’s philosophy and working method: from studying the soils and expositions of the vineyards to selecting the best planting system based on the characteristics of the site and the type of wine to be made there.
Ever since joining the company he has promoted the use of green options both in treating the vines (for fertilizing, thinning the bunches, pruning, mowing and irrigation) and during the harvest, for example favoring manual grape selection and harvesting at night. The same goes for vinification, where he prefers to limit mechanical intervention, endorsing instead (whenever possible) more natural operations.
For aging, he prefers large Slavonian oak casks, which give the wine a greater possibility to evolve. This choice is part and parcel of Giancarlo’s “philosophy of time”, because these barrels respect the wine. They do not “force” it, allowing the product to mature in the calmest way possible.

Giancarlo has often had occasion to underline the principles of his philosophy: "A strong sense of belonging to my area of origin drives me to highlight the viti-vinicultural heritage of each individual production area, with choices that focus on the terroir and on vinification. I have total respect for tradition, but I believe it has to be enhanced, in modern wines that appeal to consumers’ tastes".

Tommasi Giancarlo
> Is there a “Tommasi style” of winemaking and, if so, how would you define it?
The Tommasi style that is common to all the wines we produce in five different Regions – the Veneto, Lombardy, Tuscany, Basilicata and Puglia – can be recognized by the fact that our wines aim for a type of quality based on elegance, rather than power. They are wines of character but are also immediately appealing; they are convivial wines, ideal for drinking with meals and with one’s family and friends. This attractive style is combined with the goal of obtaining wines that are long-lived and capable of aging well, which evolve and gradually reveal their complexity. Naturally, the elegance that is the hallmark of the Tommasi style always derives from highlighting the quality of the individual terroirs and their natural and cultural identities.
> What prompted you to invest in the Casisano Estate?
When we selected Casisano estate in 2015, preferring it to two other options, what convinced us was tasting the wine, which demonstrated great potential. And we worked very hard, as we always do, to prepare and take painstaking care of our vineyards.ù
> In recent years, have you made any changes in the way you cultivate Sangiovese Grosso, and what are they?
We haven’t made any changes in the last few years except for the long and painstaking task of reorganizing the vineyards, because when we bought the property they were often in considerable need of being replanted and cleaned up.
There is a plot of around 3 hectares that we had to replant a year ago with Sangiovese Grosso, in which we decided to test a Guyot training system, as opposed to the traditional cordon spur. We’ll see in the next few years how this type of vine training behaves, and then decide whether me might convert to it in future.
> How is your 2015 Brunello different compared to the other wines on offer in the marketplace?
The Casisano estate is in the most southeasterly of the three sub-zones for Brunello, where the Sangiovese Grosso grapes, thanks to the higher altitude, benefit from a cooler climate: they ripen more slowly and have good natural acidity.
These are the perfect conditions – together with the composition of the soil – for obtaining wines that are notable for their finesse.
> Upcoming initiatives linked with the 2015 Brunello?
This year we will concentrate on promoting a wine that is the result of five years of intense hard work. Our first appointment is the “Benvenuto Brunello” event in Montalcino. This will be followed by masterclasses in the United States and in Canada, for which we have been selected by the Brunello Consortium and where two meetings are planned for March.


2015 Casisano Brunello reviews

The first appreciative reviews for our 2015 Casisano Brunello di Montalcino Docg
2015, the first vintage of our Casisano Brunello di Montalcino Docg since we purchased the estate in March 2015, has been received by the international press in the best possible way, immediately obtaining some important accolades.
Wine critic James Suckling, according to whom 2015 may be considered an extraordinary year for Brunello, gave it a rating of 94/100, while Monica Larner of “Robert Parker - The Wine Advocate” gave it 91/ 100, and Walter Speller (writing for Jancis Robinson) rewarded it with a vote of 17+ out of 20 (read HERE the reviews)
These initial successful results from international wine writers reward a wine made from 100% Sangiovese Grosso, which comes from the nine hectares of vines at Casisano estate dedicated exclusively to the production of Brunello. These vines are Cordon Spur-trained and face south-east, on mixed soil rich in stones and galestro (schistous marl).
The ideal weather conditions of 2015
It is important to recognize that in 2015 there were the ideal weather conditions (a mild winter, an averagely rainy spring, a dry summer and a variable autumn with excellent thermal excursion) in order to be able to pick grapes with notably complex aromas, elegant tannins and natural acidity that was considerably higher than the norm: all decisive in creating a product of rare and outstanding quality.

«The first Brunello that we have supervised from the vineyard to the winery» underlines Casisano’s enologist Emiliano Falsini, «is the synthesis of an ideal year and a special terroir: a wine of great depth, structure and elegance, destined to continue evolving with age in the bottle».

Casisano’s 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Docg displays a deep ruby color, tinged with garnet. It opens up on the nose with an elegant, fresh complexity, based on the fruity and spicy notes that are typical of Sangiovese. It offers attractive balance on the palate, with its great structure being accompanied by velvety tannins and considerable persistence.
Maceration on the skins, maturation in oak casks and aging in bottle
Casisano’s 2015 Brunello Docg follows the traditional vinification method, with maceration on the skins for around twenty-five days, followed by maturation for three years in Slavonian oak casks with a maximum capacity of sixty hectoliters and at least six months’ bottle-aging.
It is perfect for accompanying rich game dishes, grilled red meats and mature cheeses.
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Casisano estate
The Casisano estate lies on a natural terrace at 480 meters above sea level, overlooking the south-eastern zone of the Montalcino region, facing Sant’Angelo in Colle and the Abbey of Sant'Antimo. The soils are made up of sandstone rocks and schistous marl containing stones, clay, and tuff of volcanic origin. The estate covers an area of 53 hectares, of which 22 are vineyards and 8 are olive groves.
Nine hectares are dedicated to the production of Brunello, seven hectares to Rosso, and the other six hectares to the Sant’ Antimo denomination. Casisano is entirely planted with Sangiovese Grosso, with traditional Cordon Spur training, and is divided up into ten vineyard sites. From the oldest of these (of around two hectares) the grapes are selected for the Brunello Riserva Colombaiolo.
Plant density is 4,000 vines per hectare, sometimes rising to 5,000 in the older vineyards. The average yield is 7,000 kilos of grapes per hectare. The grapes are selected strictly by hand.
Today, the Casisano estate produces around 100,000 bottles a year, of which 45,000 are of Brunello.
Each single parcel of Casisano’s vineyards is managed and monitored according to the characteristics of the soil, its exposure and the type of wine to be made from it. This agronomic management allows us to maintain a good balance between vegetation and fruit and guarantees that the vineyards remain in harmony with the ecosystem, thus ensuring that our grapes have excellent taste profiles.
 


WELCOME to BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO DOCG 2015

The first great vintage produced by the Tommasi family
Montalcino (SI), 21st February 2020 – From 21st to 24th February, during the “Benvenuto Brunello” event organized by the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino and in the meetings that will take place at Casisano itself, the Tommasi family – vintners since 1902 – will present their first “own” Brunello.
The 2015 will, in fact, be the first to be supervised totally, from the vineyard to the winery, by enologists Emiliano Falsini and Giancarlo Tommasi.
Casisano’s Brunello, made entirely from Sangiovese Grosso grapes, comes from the nine hectares of vines dedicated exclusively to the production of this particular wine. These are Cordon Spur-trained and have a south-easterly exposure, on mixed soils that are rich in stones and galestro (schistous marl).
In 2015, there were ideal climatic conditions (a mild winter, normally rainy spring, dry summer and a variable autumn with excellent thermal excursion) in order to obtain grapes with notably complex aromas, elegant tannins and much higher than average natural acidity: all decisive in creating a product of rare and outstanding quality.
“The 2015 vintage may be considered one of the best in the last decades, due to the ideal weather in every season” states enologist Emiliano Falsini, in charge of production at Casisano. “Loving Montalcino is an act of faith in Sangiovese: the Brunello denomination is in constant evolution, but it is always faithful to its one true love. This is a region that has succeeded in renewing itself and become ever more important, always guided by the distinctive characteristics of its main grape variety and thanks to great producers who have never turned their backs on quality.  2015 also marks a new course for Casisano, a splendid estate in one of the highest points of the denomination, where elegance, acidity and freshness are what this extraordinary terroir offers us, and these are the traits we have sought to encapsulate in this fine wine”.
 
Taste characteristics and the winemaking process
Casisano’s 2015 Brunello di Montalcino D.O.C.G. displays a deep ruby color, tinged with garnet. It opens up on the nose with an elegant, fresh complexity, based on the fruity and spicy notes that are typical of Sangiovese. It offers attractive balance on the palate, with its great structure being accompanied by velvety tannins and considerable persistence. The winemaking process for the 2015 Brunello di Montalcino follows the traditional method of maceration on the skins for around twenty-five days, followed by three years’ maturation in Slavonian oak casks (with a maximum capacity of sixty hectoliters) and at least six months’ bottle-aging.


WELCOME to BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO DOCG 2015

The first great vintage produced by the Tommasi family

Montalcino (SI), 21st February 2020 – From 21st to 24th February, during the “Benvenuto Brunello” event organized by the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino and in the meetings that will take place at Casisano itself, the Tommasi family – vintners since 1902 – will present their first “own” Brunello.

The 2015 will, in fact, be the first to be supervised totally, from the vineyard to the winery, by enologists Emiliano Falsini and Giancarlo Tommasi.

Casisano’s Brunello, made entirely from Sangiovese Grosso grapes, comes from the nine hectares of vines dedicated exclusively to the production of this particular wine. These are Cordon Spur-trained and have a south-easterly exposure, on mixed soils that are rich in stones and galestro (schistous marl).

In 2015, there were ideal climatic conditions (a mild winter, normally rainy spring, dry summer and a variable autumn with excellent thermal excursion) in order to obtain grapes with notably complex aromas, elegant tannins and much higher than average natural acidity: all decisive in creating a product of rare and outstanding quality.

“The 2015 vintage may be considered one of the best in the last decades, due to the ideal weather in every season” states enologist Emiliano Falsini, in charge of production at Casisano. “Loving Montalcino is an act of faith in Sangiovese: the Brunello denomination is in constant evolution, but it is always faithful to its one true love. This is a region that has succeeded in renewing itself and become ever more important, always guided by the distinctive characteristics of its main grape variety and thanks to great producers who have never turned their backs on quality.  2015 also marks a new course for Casisano, a splendid estate in one of the highest points of the denomination, where elegance, acidity and freshness are what this extraordinary terroir offers us, and these are the traits we have sought to encapsulate in this fine wine”.

 

Taste characteristics and the winemaking process
Casisano’s 2015 Brunello di Montalcino D.O.C.G. displays a deep ruby color, tinged with garnet. It opens up on the nose with an elegant, fresh complexity, based on the fruity and spicy notes that are typical of Sangiovese. It offers attractive balance on the palate, with its great structure being accompanied by velvety tannins and considerable persistence. The winemaking process for the 2015 Brunello di Montalcino follows the traditional method of maceration on the skins for around twenty-five days, followed by three years’ maturation in Slavonian oak casks (with a maximum capacity of sixty hectoliters) and at least six months’ bottle-aging.


CASISANO Brunello 2012 - 92 points Wine Spectator

We are very proud to announce that Bruce Sanderson of the prestigious wine magazine Wine Spectator
has rewarded with the top score of 92 points Casisano Brunello di Montalcino docg 2012 vintage:
«A vegetal aroma gives way to cherry and leafy underbrush notes in this vibrant red.
Firm and chalky in texture, picking up leather and tobacco accents on the finish. Best from 2019 through 2032.»
An exceptional review to be added to the others deserved ( 92 p. Wine Enthusiast, 17/20 p. Jancins Robinson, 90 p. 5 Star Wines Award ) that proves the Tommasi family's constant pursuit of excellence.
Download HERE Casisano Brunello 2012 top scores.
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Siamo orgogliosi di annunciare che Bruce Sanderson della prestigiosa rivista americana Wine Spectator
ha premiato con il punteggio top di 92 punti il nostro Casisano Brunello di Montalcino docg 2012
«Aroma vegetale con note ciliegie e foglie sottili in questo rosso vibrante.
Una texture solida e pastosa, che presenta sfumature di cuoio e tabacco sul finale. Migliore dal 2019 al 2032.»
Un punteggio d'eccezione che si aggiunge agli altri già meritati ( ( 92 p. Wine Enthusiast, 17/20 p. Jancins Robinson, 90 p. 5 Star Wines Award),
che premia la continua ricerca dell'eccellenza della famiglia Tommasi.
Scarica QUI la scheda dei premi del Casisano Brunello 2012.


Merano Wine Festival 2016

Tommasi parteciperà alla 26° edizione del prestigioso evento Merano WineFestival, firmato da Helmut Kocher, in programma dal 4 all' 8 Novembre, nella suggestiva cornice del Kurhaus, in centro a Merano.
Vi aspettiamo al primo piano, nella sala Lentner per degustare i vini di Tommasi, Paternoster e Casisano.
Di seguito vi riportiamo i vini che avremo in mescita:
 

TOMMASI VITICOLTORI

Ca' Florian Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva, 2009

Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, 2012

Ripasso Valpolicella Classico Superiore, 2014

Per la giornata di Lunedi proporremo come vecchia annata il Ca' Florian Amarone Riserva 2003

CASISANO

Brunello di Montalcino, 2011

Rosso di Montalcino,  2014

PATERNOSTER

Don Anselmo, Aglianico del Vulture, 2012

Rotondo, Aglianico del Vulture, 2012

 
DA NON PERDERE: TOMMASI NATURAE
Il 4 di Novembre saremo presente a Bio&Dynamica durante il  Merano Wine Festival per la presentazione dei nostri 3 vini biologici, e del nostro nuovo progetto firmato Tommasi Naturae:
Poggio al Tufo, Il Tintorosso - Sangiovese e Merlot
Poggio al Tufo, Il Cavaliere - Chardonnay e Vermentino
Surani, Atlas - Primitivo, Negroamaro, Cabernet Sauvignon
 
Vi aspettiamo!