de_171_lg“Non Confunditur” – Latin for “not ashamed”.  Perhaps it is a label of conviction in the land and soils of Montalcino where the Villa of Argiano sits high above the hilltops – an estate that dates back to the Italian Renaissance.  It may also be a belief and deep-rooted confidence in a unconventional Tuscan blend of varieties.  To this day, Argiano embraces its history of noble ownership, and blessed soil.  The land where Arigiano’s vines grow was once covered by sea, and thus retains nutrients and large mineral deposits that enable the growth of concentrated fruit with graceful character.  Vineyards are interlaced with olive groves and macchia Mediterranea (a dense evergreen shrub), all of which thrive in the region’s mild micro-climate.  The land is sheltered by the mount Amiata in the south-east, which breathes warm ventilation into the vines.

Non Confunditur is considered the second label of Argiano’s famed super Tuscan, Solengo.  However, make no mistake, this wine takes no backseat, and offers a punch of well-rounded fruit, fine tannins, and a firm backbone of Cabernet to drive to blend.  It’s powerful, with depth, and just the right amount of earthiness offered by the Sangiovese, and warmth from the Syrah.  The Merlot brings sweetness to the front, and gives off aromas of warm stone, and cedar.  Try this with an Osso Bucco, or a hearty Italian beef stew.  The screw-top was a bit surprising, from such a legendary producer with authentic old-world traditions, however, the juice inside the bottle speaks to you in a noble tongue. –JT


ARGIANO Toscana Non Confunditur 2009


Related scores: WS-92 (#46 on Top 100 of 2011)

Market price: $25 (purchased on

Recommended glassware: Schott Zwiesel Fortissimo Claret Bordeaux

Decanting time: 45-60 min

Drinking window: Drink now through 2021

Food Pairing: Osso Bucco (recipe by Giada De Laurentiis)