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| ||Tasted by Zingrrl on 7/17/2010: Can't score because once again, did not take notes. Drank over at Jane's and paired with a beautiful London Broil on the grill. I remember it having a charred or smoke bouquet, integrated smooth dark fruit with a nice backbone. Finish was medium. It was good. (2143 views)|
| ||Tasted by RickMcQ on 12/8/2007 flawed bottle: This wine is going down fast, this was the last of a case I bought in 2003. i loved most of them. (2689 views)|
| ||Tasted by EyeDoc on 5/26/2006 & rated 91 points: Good QPR. Sadly, last bottle. (3249 views)|
| ||Tasted by EyeDoc on 1/4/2006 & rated 90 points: this is outstanding given the price point. not in the same league as a sass or ornellaia but representative of a good supertuscan. (3393 views)|
| ||Tasted by Winetex on 10/25/2005 & rated 90 points: Served to me blind and on the cold side I thought this had to be a Rhone. It had a bit of horsey funk and some anise flavors. Once it warmed up it started to taste more like an Italian wine with dark fruit, spices and a nice finish. It was balanced and could probably short-term age (less than two years). $25 on release. (3302 views)|
| ||Tasted by OneLastSyrah on 8/3/2003: Dallas Blur Tasting 2003: Cabernet and Sangiovese? Cherry fruit, acid. Okay. Tasting this the next day it revealed more complexity. Still slightly austere and structured but with some herbs and graphite to add interest. (1504 views)|
| ||Tasted by Richard Jennings on 6/11/2003 & rated 89 points: Nice, subtle blackberry nose; great fruity entry, blackberries, major tannins (90% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot; 1 year in French barrique) (1570 views)|
| ||Tasted by DrEdwardo on 12/1/2002: racey& rich dark cherry. (1582 views)|
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|By Richard Jennings|
(Tenuta Sette Ponti Crognolo Toscana IGT) Nice, subtle blackberry nose; great fruity entry, blackberries, major tannins (90% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot; 1 year in French barrique) 89 points
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 BlendSuperTuscan 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.
CrognoloTenuta 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.
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