Maremma, a fertile agricultural area located in the southwestern part of the larger region known as Tuscany, is a very popular vacation destination. Its popularity is due in part to the nearly untouched beauty of the landscape, combined with impeccable cuisine and an up-and-coming number of quality wineries.

Principe Corsini has a long-standing history in the Maremma, going back to the 17th and 18th Centuries. However, the Corsini were not known for their winemaking until Duccio Corsini began cultivating grapes on 10 hectares (24.3 acres) of land near the family estate, Marsiliana. Over the years, production grew and winemaking became a Corsini hallmark.

The Birillo is a classic Bordeaux-blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot, grown on sandy silt on clay. The average age of the vines is 13 years and the resultant wine spends 12 months in re-used oak barrels. Production yields approximately 86,000 bottles and at a per bottle price of $18.99, before discount, the wine represents a very good value.

My tasting note:

Earthy, rustic nose with dark cherry, anise and briarwood hints. Medium-to-full-bodied with moderate acidity and smooth, supple tannin – good balance. Sour cherry, cedar and saddle leather notes. Moderate length with a smooth, spicy finish. Drinking well now and should hold for another 2 to 3 years in bottle. Good value!