Tenuta Campo Maccione has been making great wines for over four decades. It’s a product of the Zingarelli family, a family that not only earned their chops in Chianti but also had the foresight to lock into a great property in Maremma before the masses moved in.
The site was picked out for the quality of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese on the site, but an interesting thing happened when the Zingarellis noticed the sole white wine planted in the vineyard. It performed incredibly well. Not just in the first year, but in the second, third, and every year after. It turns out that the few plots of Vermentino planted on site benefit incredibly from the nearby Tyrrhenian Sea on Italy’s west coast. The salty Mediterranean breeze and endless rolling hills create ideal conditions for growing the highest quality of Vermentino in Tuscany.
The Zingarellis had gotten much more than they ever bargained for.
Now, even 25 years later, the Vermentino is still a key piece of the puzzle for Campo Maccione. It’s an unassuming wine with great viscosity and bright, savory flavors that way overdelivers for the price. James Suckling agreed, as did Wine Enthusiast. Suckling gave it a 90 and deemed it “an interesting take on Tuscan Vermentino.” Wine Enthusiast took it up a few notches, attaching a coveted ‘Best Buy’ designate to the wine along with a 92-point review for the wine “with a sophisticated restraint.”
92 Points (Best Buy), Wine Enthusiast
A nose that’s heady and sweet in an indulgent way, with grapefruit candy, green apple, almond and honey, opens for a palate that reiterates these flavors but with a sophisticated restraint and a salty, astringent finish.
90 Points, James Suckling
Aromatic, with a toasted-grain character to the ripe pear and lemon fruit. Medium-bodied with the same savory character taking center-stage, but the fruit is ever-present, too. A light phenolic touch along the way. An interesting take on Tuscan vermentino. Drink now.