Tiezzi is an estate winery in Località Soccorso in the Montalcino region in Tuscany, Italy, on the western edge of the town itself. Its main wines are Rosso di Montalcino DOC and Brunello di Montalcino DOCG. A Sant’Antimo Bianco DOC is also made.
Owner: Enzo Tiezzi. Born 1939. From the Montalcino area (I think). Former director at Col d’Orcia. Also worked for Tenuta di Argiano (whose terroir he loves). Enzo was a former president of the Brunello Consorzio (1983-1988). He spent 25 years on the Brunello consorzio. He organised the rules for both Brunello and Rosso with the Agriculture Ministers. He worked in the Siena and Montalcino areas as both agronomist and oenologist. He established the Tiezzi winery in the 1980s, buying first Podere Cerrino, then Podere Cigaleta, before finally adding a third vineyard called Vigna Soccorso, which he planted with vines. Enzo is married and his daughter is called Monica.
Estate vineyards: 2015 10ha of land of which 5.5ha of vines (100% Sangiovese) and 3ha of olives (500 trees).
Vineyards–Vigna Soccorso: Vines near the Madonna del Soccorso church in Montalcino. 500-550m. Alberello. 2.2m x 1m. 420A. WSW facing, towards the sea = hot in the afternoon. Planted 2000-2001. Soil is sandy loam, volcanic, and rocky sandstone (arenarie), rich in stones of various origins: volcanic, conglomerate, sandstone (‘arenarie’). The wines are finer, more elegant, less structured wines compared to Poggio Cerrino (see below). The terraced vineyard below belongs to another owner.
Vineyards–Poggio Cerrino: Planted 1970s. Lies 3km due north-east of Montalcino, along the road to Siena, at 350 metres [like Poggio Cigaleta]. East-facing. Cerrino is a 3ha vineyard on 420A and 5BB (oldest vines, 1970s, planted at the same time as Col d’Orcia’s Poggio al Vento by first planting the rootstock and then grafting the scion on ‘sur place’). Cordon. 350 metres, on sandy loam soil. Clay and stone fragments. Drier soil than at Soccorso. Mineral, robust wines.
Vineyards–Podere Cigaleta: This lies 3km due north-east of Montalcino, along the road to Siena, at 350 metres [like Poggio Cerrino]. Cordon.
Winemaking: Hand picked. All wines ferment in Slavonian oak vats (35-40hl). They age in 50hl botte.
Wine production 25,000 bottles. Grape sales Enzo Tiezzi told me on 09th April 2015 that this winery is too small so he has to sell grapes (30% of his volume)–but the winery at Soccorso is being extended in 2015/6.
Sant’Antimo Bianco DOC: White wine.
Toscana Rosso IGT, Cerrino
Rosso di Montalcino DOC, Poggio Cerrino: 2012 10,000 bottles. Fermented in wooden vats. Aged 10 months in 40hl botti. Richish fruit, plump, clean, very nice (Anteprima 2014). | 2013 8,600 bottles. Lots of fruit, nice tannins, fresh (Anteprima 2015). 2014 Simple and fresh (Anteprima 2016).
Rosso di Montalcino DOC, Tiezzi: Enzo Tiezzi told me on 09th April 2015 that this could be a Brunello…it ages in wood like the Brunello but is bottled earlier. | 2010 Decent weight, but drink young (Anteprima 2013). | 2011 6,000 bottles.
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Poggio Cerrino: 2009 5,045 bottles. Nice, ready, has fruit, open, old style, good (Anteprima 2014). | 2010 7,000 bottles. Youthful, bright, well constructed (Anteprima 2015). | 2011 Brett (Anteprima 2016).
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Tiezzi: From the oldest vines. 300-350m. N/E facing. | 2000 Dry, VA, evolved (Anteprima 2005). | 2006 Produced. | 2007 Produced. | 2008 Whiff of cork or brett? (Anteprima 2013).
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Vigna Soccorso: 2009 5,160 bottles. Bit boiled, but nice sweet fruit beneath (Anteprima 2014). At Col d’Orcia 24 June 2014 the owner said fermented in wood and spent 4 years in botti grandi. Broad, ripe, rich, clear, decent depth, nice weight, bit fluffy, nice fruit, would like a bit more clarity, youthful tannins at the end). | 2010 7,000 bottles. Dense and savoury (Anteprima 2015).
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Riserva Vigna Soccorso: 2006 Produced. | 2008 860 bottles. Bit acetic and muddy (Anteprima 2013). | 2010 Fluid, nice, fruit, again maybe some brett (Anteprima 2016). | 2011 Bit evolved I am afraid (Anteprima 2016).
Other products: Grappa di Brunello. Olio Extravergine d’Oliva.
Podere Cerrino Soccorso
Via delle Querce, 5
I-53024 Montalcino (SI), Italy
Visit 09th April 2015
Sales: Lay & Wheeler (UK).