The story of Terrabianca begins in the rolling hills of Chianti Classico.  A wine defined by its name, Terrabianca, or “white terroir”, grows in chalky soils and is a true expression of its roots.  Winemaker Roberto Guldener has Tuscany in his veins, and grew up in the kitchens of Europe.  Leaving Zurich and his family restaurant in his rearview, Guldener followed a dream, and moved his family to the Chianti countryside where he discovered the Terrabianca estate.  Vines interspersed with olive groves, and soil rich in nutrients called for expansion, and Roberto answered.  Today, all of the vines have been replanted, showcasing Sangiovese, Cabernet, Merlot, and Canaiolo under a plethora of ideal growing conditions.  With 42 different clones, 20 Sangiovese, 15 Cabernet and 7 Merlot, there is no repetition of combinations in any wine.

Terrabianca makes several wines, each unique in their own regard.  However, it is their first wine, Campaccio, that we find most fascinating.  In today’s terminology, it is considered a “Super Tuscan,” blending 70% Sangiovese with 30% Cabernet Sauvignon.  It’s a category that has expanded rapidly in the modern wine era to suit the palettes of today’s oenophiles and critics.  Many Super Tuscans are pricey, but the Campaccio retails for $30 and gets our vote for one of the top Tuscan value wines on the market today.  The wine is aged 12 months in French oak barriques, and spends another 12 months in bottle before release.  On the palate, this wine delivers ripe strawberries, pipe tobacco, and fresh acidity that carries the finish.  Aromas of toast, and ripe fruit flavors with refined tannins help set this wine apart from many of its neighbors made in the modern fashion, or those that use too much oak, too much extraction of over-ripe fruit, and processes that may take away from the true nature of the grape.  Campaccio is a smooth and supple wine with intense flavor that challenges modernization, and stays true to classic expression.  Bravo! –JT

TERRABIANCA Toscana Campaccio 2007

SCORE: 9303_13

Market Price: $30 (purchased on

Related scores: WS-93 (#36 on Top 100 of 2011), RP-92

Recommended glassware: Riedel Vinum Cabernet/Bordeaux

Drinking window: now through 2022

Decanting time: 30-45 min

Recommended food pairing: Duck in Orange Pepper Sauce (Anitra All’Arancia)

Duck with Orange