This family farm, situated within the up-and-coming Orcia Valley D.O.C., as well as an area called Crete Senesi, is famous for their white truffles. Located a mere seventeen kilometers north of Montalcino, the property consists of 52 hectares of land, much of it is covered in natural forests. Valentino Berni, a third generation winemaker and truffle hunter, tends to his 4 hectares of vineyards and 4 hectares of olive trees at Azienda Loghi.
Valentino’s farming practices on his sandy clay soils are pristine and strictly natural. The methods in the cellar follow the minimal approach in the fields; Valentino spontaneously ferments his reds and uses only used barrique and large Slavonic oak during elevage. The use of sulphur is kept to an absolute minimum and is only added at bottling for stabilization. The wines are fresh and approachable, with great structure and class.
Loghi Bianco IGT Toscana 2014
The 2014 Loghi Bianco is a blend of 70% Trebbiano and 30% Malvasia from organic, 11-year-old estate fruit within the Orcia Valley. The grapes, picked at a modest 23 brix, were allowed to stay on the skins for a few hours before being gently pressed and fermented entirely in stainless steel. The resulting a wine is only 12% alcohol, and features a lightly phenolic aroma with hints of apples and pear on the nose and a bright, saline finish. The wine was lightly filtered with only a modest amount of SO2 added at bottling. This is a great value.
Loghi Rosso IGT Toscana 2014
The 2014 Rosso Toscano, a blend of 70% Sangiovese and 30% Merlot, is a delightful red wine featuring aromas and flavors of bright red fruits and earth. The hand-harvested Sangiovese and Merlot were left to naturally ferment separately in stainless steel tanks, and once complete, the Merlot was moved to first and second use French barrique for 6 months before it was blended with the Sangiovese to age another year together in tank. No filtration was done before bottling and the result is complex yet very easy to drink. Another great value from Valentino Berni.
Loghi Senipale IGT Toscana Senza Sulfiti 2014
The 2014 Senipale, a blend of 70% Sangiovese, 25% Merlot, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, is a delicious red that rivals Super-Tuscans at far higher prices. All estate fruit from organic vineyards consisting of a mixture of sand, silt and clay soils, the Senipale is fermented and aged for eight months in stainless steel with no added SO2 during the elevage or at bottling. The wine features sweet, ripe fruits at the core and a leathery, earthy note that is wonderfully Italian. It’s remarkably fresh and manages to maintain the purity of the Sangiovese grape despite the addition of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.