Turpino 2019 represents coastal finesse at its most exciting; full-bodied and lush, piquant and intense, with that restrained elegance that is the hallmark of Querciabella.
Sebastiano Cossia Castiglioni, always the visionary, firmly believes in Maremma’s potential to produce fine wine. In 1997 he and his father acquired 18 hectares of vineyards nestled in the lee of the stunning Uccellina Hills – a national park – which separate the estate from the unspoilt shores of the Tyrrhenian Sea. With a further acquisition in 2002, he almost doubled the vineyard area to the current 33 hectares.
From the onset, he has intended to make a premium wine that could encapsulate everything this region stands for: a pristine environment, a new frontier, and a chance to do something different and exciting. So, with continuous improvements, we have put Querciabella’s seal on Maremma’s original Super Coastal wine.
Super Tuscan by the Sea
When we set sails to Maremma, our goal was to experiment with grape varieties and winemaking practices in a spirit of exploration and excitement typical of Querciabella. Still striving for the perfect blend, the first Turpino bottling was made in 2007 (but never released), using Maremma-borne fruit with the addition of some grapes usually destined for our top cuvées – Camartina and Palafreno. However, only with the vintage of 2010, one of the finest on the coast, this wine found its stride as a blend of Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Merlot. Turpino 2010, a Toscana IGT bearing Querciabella’s unmistakable signature, was deemed ready for worldwide distribution in April 2013.
“This rather eclectic mix of grapes turns out a wine of great breed, distinction and capacity for a long and graceful evolution in bottle and is a fabulous success.”
— John B Gilman · A View From the Cellar
The Power of Maremma
The subsequent vintages of Turpino 2011, 2013 and 2015 were all stunning winemaking successes that wowed the most discerning critics and wine lovers. Born in the footsteps of our Super Tuscans, they certainly didn’t lack intensity or charm.
In 2017, after two decades of experience with the local terroir, while facing one of the driest years on record, we decided to eliminate the grapes from Chianti from the blend of Turpino and let its evocative coastal character genuinely shine through. The power and vibrancy of Maremma convinced us that this was a venture definitely worth pursuing, giving rise to Querciabella’s original Super Coastal.
Turpino 2019 Is One of Only Six Vintages
Since its maiden voyage, Turpino has exclusively been produced in the best years, so the new vintage release is naturally filled with much anticipation. Turpino 2019 represents coastal finesse at its most exciting: the elegant silky tannin mouthfeel brings distinctive Mediterranean qualities to the glass, with tangy acidity to balance the ripe fruit and impressive structure.
In his review, James Suckling praises Turpino 2019 (92/100) for its fresh aromas, firm tannins and bright finish; according to Antonio Galloni, the Cabernet in the blend “lifts” the deep variety of ripe flavours.
“The 2019 Turpino, Querciabella’s top wine from Maremma, is understated and yet quite expressive. This aromatic, layered red holds quite a bit of appeal.” 93/100
— Antonio Galloni · Vinous
Generous Yet Poised, a Brilliant Food-friendly Wine
Feel confident to open it next to dishes of a substantial structure, with the wine’s striking earthiness opening the door to many savoury-rich pairings.
The peppery notes, exotic spices and tobacco point to anything from the grill or roasted. Vegetables such as zucchini, squash, turnip, or potatoes particularly agree with the Mediterranean character of this wine, and there’s a natural affinity with beetroots. Using rosemary, lavender and sage to scent the dish will allow you to go in many directions when deciding what to pair, as you can find similar aromatics in the glass.
Turpino 2019 is available in different formats, from 0,75 litres to 3 litres, from the 26th of March 2023.