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 Vintage2003 Label 1 of 26 
TypeRed
ProducerTenuta Sette Ponti (web)
VarietySuperTuscan Blend
DesignationCrognolo
Vineyardn/a
CountryItaly
RegionTuscany
SubRegionn/a
AppellationToscana IGT

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2007 and 2014 (based on 12 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Sette Ponti Crognolo on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 88.8 pts. and median of 89 pts. in 64 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by tanstaafl on 6/1/2015 & rated 91 points: this was wine very good, had no tannins. very smooth drinking wine. full bodied wine, smooth ripe flavors. no heavy bomb fruit flavors. well rounded wine.
deep purple in color with some sentiment, we did decant for about 45 minutes. I would definitely buy this wine again. I think this vintage would hold up for another year or so (228 views)
 Tasted by DrEdwardo on 11/10/2014 & rated 87 points: Over-ripe & raisiny. Drink up (649 views)
 Tasted by BoulderWine on 6/1/2012 flawed bottle: Corked bottle (2717 views)
 Tasted by TheDoppelganger on 12/22/2011 & rated 84 points: the fruit is gone...not as tasty as the Victor we drank earlier in the evening. Not as tasty as earlier samplings of this vintage. (2986 views)
 Tasted by PurpleHaze on 7/14/2011 flawed bottle: Corked. (3433 views)
 Tasted by dougsmith on 2/7/2011 flawed bottle: Mildly corked. (3786 views)
 Tasted by dougsmith on 8/9/2010 & rated 87 points: Deep ruby color. Interesting nose, funky and earthy, with a touch of black cherry skin, but thinned out on the palate with dusty tannins. (4094 views)
 Tasted by drdebs on 5/14/2010 & rated 88 points: nice at this stage of its life with plum, cherry, and licorice aromas and flavors. Hints of smoke and cedar emerge in the finish. Nice value, but not extraordinary, at just under $30 in 2007. (3119 views)
 Tasted by dougsmith on 4/28/2010 & rated 88 points: Deep ruby color. This is more developed, with elements of tobacco, plum skin and smoke. Medium bodied, good presence through the middle, dusty tannins. (3168 views)
 Tasted by JohnSh on 2/10/2010 & rated 88 points: Hazy notes from last night. Aftera 2 hour decant, it started out fairly acidic and tannic. As it warmed and opened up, it did become a bit more rich and smooth. A medium bodied wine of reasonable quality, but it never really impressed last night (B+). (3585 views)
 Tasted by Armando B on 12/20/2009 & rated 89 points: Very nice. Red fruit (sour cherry). A bit of leather. Not overripe, which was a concer given the vintage. A bit of ak, but not obtusive. Medium bodied. In nice place right now. I plan to drink y remaining bottle sooner rarther than later. Very good QPR for $20 I paid. (3726 views)
 Tasted by 100pp on 12/12/2009 & rated 89 points: Plums, blueberries, kirsch, cedar, graphite. A bit stewed and some dryness. (3780 views)
 Tasted by eyeguy on 10/18/2009 & rated 91 points: Consistently excellent! (4001 views)
 Tasted by eyeguy on 10/6/2009 & rated 90 points: very enjoyable and easy drinking (4019 views)
 Tasted by go74 on 9/13/2009 & rated 87 points: Well drinkable but a little bit tight. Should be kept for some time. (4069 views)
 Tasted by Kirk Grant on 9/5/2009 & rated 88 points: In the glass this is a deep violet/ruby at the core with a red rim around the glass. Scents of cedar and tobacco are followed by sweet dark fruits and violets. In the mouth the tannins have finally integrated and offer good support for flavors of dark fruits, cherries, blueberries, and a light hint of cigar box to slowly unfold along a medium-long finish. (4151 views)
 Tasted by dougsmith on 5/15/2009 & rated 86 points: Black with a deep ruby edge. This presented somewhat closed, particularly on the palate. Nose of bitter chocolate and dirt with black currants. Touch of floral. On the palate, tight with a good entrance but fades fast; dusty tannins and a short finish. (4347 views)
 Tasted by Vin de Florin on 2/2/2009: Deep color. Aromatic nose of red cherries, chocolate, and the perfume of oak. Pleasantly dry and balanced on the palate with concentrated flavors and smooth tannins. Enjoyable finish with a slight chalkiness. (4986 views)
 Tasted by JavaMonkey on 11/26/2008 & rated 86 points: Plum, sour cherry, oak, a little bit of asphalt. The palate is moderate to light in weight. It's a handsome wine, nicely structured. Nice finish. (4646 views)
 Tasted by chapel hill wino on 10/12/2008 & rated 90 points: 3-4 hour decant. Had with home-made lasagna and a spinach salad. Dark currants and fruit on the nose early, then vanilla and oak creeping in over time. The palate was dominated first by black currents, black berries, and then with a smooth silky finish with well integrated tannins. The oak was persistent throughout the palate. The pairing was excellent, the fruit enjoyable, but the oak was distracting (-2 points). This could have been awesome. (4747 views)
 Tasted by gtcorlew on 9/21/2008 & rated 92 points: Beautiful aroma. Palate of mixed bright and dark red fruits. Rich full body. Smooth and silky with a good finish. Very good finish. Should continue to age well. (4822 views)
 Tasted by CTwine on 9/14/2008 & rated 86 points: Not much on the nose. Muted fruit. Disappointed (4855 views)
 Tasted by chrisfacchina on 7/29/2008 & rated 90 points: good wine (4961 views)
 Tasted by rossnross on 7/26/2008 & rated 90 points: Really like it (4742 views)
 Tasted by codewheeney on 6/7/2008 & rated 88 points: drank at pesto brothers in flagstaff. great earthy nose, pleasantly dry. (4573 views)
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Tenuta Sette Ponti

Producer website
Tenuta Sette Ponti lies in the heart of the Chianti area, not far away from Arezzo. The oldest vines were planted in 1935 by Duke Amadeo d’Aosto vice-king of Ethiopia, in remembrance of a victory. It has been the property of different members of the Italian royal family until the end of the 1950s, when architect Alberto Moretti bought it from Princesses Margherita and Maria Cristina di Savoia d’Aosta, daughters of Vittorio Emanuele III, king of Italy from 1900 to 1946. The Moretti family started working at the estate as soon as the end of autumn 1957. In 1996, Antonio Fioravante Moretti, Alberto’s son, took over. He was the leader of a group of companies in the sector of luxury and fashion, but decided to follow his passion. He decided to bottle the wine directly at the estate. His 1998 Crognolo and his 1999 Oreno have both become symbols of the oenological vocation of Tuscany. The winemaker is Carlo Ferrini, one of the best in Italy, who also works for other prestigious Tuscan estates such as Fattoria di Petrolo, Talenti and Brancaia. The vineyards comprise 150 acres. The estate, like many Tuscan estates, is multi-dimensional. The huge 750-acre property incorporates a stud farm for race horses, breeding of native Tuscan Chiana cattle, a preserve for a rare breed of pig, and fields of sun flowers and maze.

The Sette Ponti estate lies fifteen miles northwest of the city of Arezzo in the heart of the Chianti zone. The name Sette Ponti translates as "seven bridges" and refers to the seven bridges crossing the Arno River on the road from Arezzo to Florence.
Curiously, in a region where 200-year-old wineries are commonplace, Sette Ponti didn't even make wine until 1997, when owner, Dr. Antonio Moretti, asked his good friend Piero Antinori if he thought the estate could produce great wines. Antinori's response, loosely translated, was "Ya, sure, ya betcha!"

SuperTuscan Blend

SuperTuscan Blend refers to wines which feature a significant Sangiovese component combined with grapes not traditionally associated with Italy like Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon. This separates it from "Sangiovese blend" which is used for wines which are predominantly Sangiovese and combined with traditional Italian varieties. There is often confusion as many wines most famous associated with the term "Super Tuscan" like Sassicaia, Masseto and Ornellaia have no Sangiovese and are properly linked to 'Red Bordeaux Blend.'

In fact, Super Tuscan was a term coined to refer specifically to wines such as Sassicaia and Tignanello. These were wines that "fell out" of the official DOCG classification of Italian wines because they either contained grapes not permitted (international varietals such as cabernet sauvignon or merlot,) were aged differently (I.e. in barrique) or were 100% sangiovese - which was not permitted at the time for Chianti (E.g. Fontodi Flaccianello.) Forced to be classified as simply "Vina di Tavola" these wines nontheless quickly found favour in international markets and comanded prices above the highest quality DOCG Chianti Classico & Brunello di Montalcino wines at the time. The wine industry and press began to refer to these wines as SuperTuscans because of their popularity and quality, but also because of the prices they commanded. Subsequently, the Italian authorities, under the Goria Law 1992, redrew the classifications, and included the category IGT (Indicazione Geografica Tipica) to classify the SuperTuscans.

Crognolo

Tenuta Sette Ponti’s first release was the 1998 vintage Crognolo(pronounced cro nyoh’ loh), named after a wild bush, Cornus, which grows on the estate. The blend of Sangiovese and Merlot from vines of an average age of 25 to 35 years yields a refined, elegantly stylish wine of fruit forward lushness. The wine’s dense color suggests a concentration confirmed on the palate along with sweet ripe flavors of wild cherries, black fruit, leather and vanilla also evident in the aromas. The wine is firmly structured yet elegant, with good tannic support and well-integrated oak notes, leaving an overall impression of harmony, balance and length.

Italy

Italian Wines (ItalianMade.com, The Italian Trade Commission) | Italian Wine Guide on the WineDoctor

Tuscany

Tuscany (ItalianMade.com) | Tuscany

Toscana IGT

Here is the Wikipedia entry for Toscana wine.

 
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