12 Uve Wine, the Crazy Blend of Il Paradiso di Frassina
Our 12 UVE is a truly unique red wine, there are no similar ones.
It is one of the most interesting Super Cru wines of the Italian enology. It is not a Super Tuscan, but comes from the blend of 12 different grapes; six from Tuscany and six from Bordeaux, which grow in our vineyard in Maremma, on the hills of Cinigiano, in the beautiful countryside south of Tuscany.
This incredible wine is called 12 Uve, 12 grapes, because each grape is associated with a musical note: one grape one note!
It is a very complex wine that offers always different sensory aspects, constantly changing during the tasting, suggesting different scents ranging from fruity, vegetable, spicy, tobacco, minerals.
Every time you taste it, it’s a surprise!
The 12 grapes that are part of this extraordinary wine are: Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Cesanese, Ancellotta, Alicante, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Carmenere, Canaiolo, Ciliegiolo.
We are very proud of our 12 Uve wine; it is highly appreciated, with a taste that meets a large audience.
It is very much appreciated also in the cellar, there are no wines like this, made with 12 grapes, in Italy, especially because 6 grapes are Italian and 6 are French.
In France the Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOC stands out, and it can have 18 varieties of grapes, but they are all French.
Carlo Cignozzi and the idea of 12 Uve, a musical wine
The idea with which the 12 Uve was born is beautiful. Carlo is the founder of Il Paradiso di Frassina in Montalcino, where music accompanies the growth of the vine in all its phases, following a scientific experiment in vine music therapy studied by the Universities of Florence and Pisa.
In addition to Mozart’s vineyard in Montalcino, Carlo had some land in Cinigiano, in the Maremma area south of Tuscany.
Carlo’s intention was not to make the classic Maremma Toscana IGT wine, or the classic blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Merlot, or Syrah.
Carlo wanted to create something different and absolutely unique here in Maremma, that is to create a musical wine here too. The project was connected with music, but not having a structure equipped with electricity and thus being unable to play music through the music boxes, here the idea:
Since the notes on the staff are actually 12, considering the tones and the semitones, as well as there are 12 keys on the piano, then Carlo wanted to create a wine with 12 grapes. A grape thus represents a note, ideally, as in a true musical symphony. Pairing a note with grapes is a beautiful thing, which creates this kind of magic.
The wine changes a lot during an evening, a tasting, or a dinner because these 12 grapes that are in different percentages inside, as the wine oxygenates, are perceived and come out at different times, just like a symphony that changes continuously.
Just like in a symphony, little by little, all the instruments enter the scene: this is the image we wanted to give. The 12 grapes are perceived at different times and in different ways.
Our American followers call our 12 Uve wine “Crazy Blend”, and for them the motto is one grape one note.