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| ||Tasted by SeattlePaul on 2/21/2015 & rated 89 points: Pleasant wine to open for any occasion, but a little big alcohol to drink on its own, really would have been better with food. (323 views)|
| ||Tasted by Davidsquamous on 7/14/2014 & rated 87 points: Slight mint and astringency enough fruit to compensate (1601 views)|
| ||Tasted by SeattlePaul on 5/22/2014 & rated 89 points: Started out bold and complex both on the nose and the palate, but fell off fairly quickly and lost a lot of its balance. Did not fare well the next day, even under gas (which is unusual). (1696 views)|
| ||Tasted by Wine Poor on 1/1/2014 & rated 89 points: A good match with Italian food. (2292 views)|
| ||Tasted by Wine Poor on 1/1/2014 & rated 89 points: Some aromas of blackberry. Full-bodied with a nice mouthfeel. This is a food wine for sure. Drank my last 2 2006. Looking forward to the 2007 with the addition of some cabernet sauvignon. (2420 views)|
| ||Tasted by prism on 12/31/2013 & rated 91 points: Cool and minty overtones above the black fruit (cherries and currants). Completely integrated tannins; oak consumed by the fruit to strike a lovely balance. Very nice; excellent food wine. (In this case, lamb slow-cooked with 40 cloves of garlic). Drink 'em up (I did) though the wine could probably go another year or even two. (2126 views)|
| ||Tasted by gburden on 8/29/2013 & rated 92 points: Ready to drink. Great dinner wine with a lot of character. (2338 views)|
| ||Tasted by CWilliam on 7/9/2013: Enjoyed with beef lasagna. Needed aeration into a decanter to come alive- no real degredation in color although starting to throw some sediment. Herbal (thyme / sage), black cherry & a fair amount of oak (didn't bother me but my wife noticed) on nose. On palate, medium body, smoke, black cherry, some sour cherry, medium+ acids & medium length finish. Still drinking well and I would not be in a rush. 90+ (at $30 not a re-buy). (2429 views)|
| ||Tasted by pwarms on 2/17/2013: Enjoyed with the awesome Sugo Sunday at Modo Mio, Philadelphia (3174 views)|
| ||Tasted by Hawk94 on 2/8/2013 & rated 91 points: Deep dark red, pleasant nose with dark fruits, smooth drinking, a bit dry and some oakyness, earthy tone, mineral, black cherry, a touch of plum, dark chocolate, good finish like expresso. I like it. (3090 views)|
| ||Tasted by Barry Notes on 2/5/2013 & rated 90 points: Pnp w/45 min decant. Clear with some very minor bottom sediment. Deep ruby red color w/nice & proper nose. Perfect drinking window, great balance packing good mix of black/red fruit. Definately not over the top, a great bottle, nothing off, $30. (3520 views)|
| ||Tasted by jahlove on 9/6/2012: I continue to be amazed at how much my palate has changed. I don't bother to rate wine anymore, but to think that I scored this wine a 90 as little as two years ago is amazing. I drink this now and it does nothing for me. Doesn't taste like Italy. It tastes like ripe fruit and oak, lots of oak. Have poured so many of my earlier purchases down the drain. (3506 views)|
| ||Tasted by benny on 9/1/2012 & rated 91 points: This wine is now in a good place. Drank too early before. (3127 views)|
| ||Tasted by jimmyrice14 on 6/27/2012 & rated 92 points: Fantastic blend...my crew of four loved it. Big expressive fruit and smooth tanins. Outstanding. (2665 views)|
| ||Tasted by millesime66 on 6/16/2012 & rated 90 points: Bien qu'encore un peu jeune, ce toscan est gourmand et long en bouche avec un bel équilibre. (2643 views)|
| ||Tasted by RussK on 6/13/2012 & rated 91 points: RussK at the Victorian Inn in VT. Nice nose of black cherry, sangio and China cabinet. Mouth soft med-full bodied, integrated tannins. 91- (2612 views)|
| ||Tasted by audicfa on 6/6/2012 & rated 89 points: Oldest daughter (9) - smells like dying flowers, butterfly bush, gym socks, cherries, stinky cheese|
2nd daughter (7) - smells like burps
Me (45) - cherries, wet stones, iodine, licorice. Medium body, very acidic (1398 views)
| ||Tasted by Wine Poor on 5/24/2012 & rated 88 points: A good balance of acid and fruit with dry tannins. Definitely a food wine. (2257 views)|
| ||Tasted by David J Cooper on 5/8/2012 & rated 88 points: Dark medium red. A soft tight nose of black cherry, earth and mineral but very tight. Nice black cherry flavours and a mid weight fairly soft finish. (2365 views)|
| ||Tasted by gburden on 4/11/2012 & rated 91 points: This is really a nice wine. It is getting better as it ages. The wine is dry but with a great array of fruit (particularly cherry for me) and excellent tannin balance. I enjoyed the oak overtones. Glad I have a few more bottles. (2601 views)|
| ||Tasted by isaacjamesbaker on 4/1/2012 & rated 86 points: When Bob popped this it really smelled like lamb and green pepper. Bitter oak on the palate with cranberry, toast and cassis. Not really my style, way too much oak. (2740 views)|
| ||Tasted by benny on 2/28/2012 & rated 89 points: Lost power quite fast. I would drink now. (3094 views)|
| ||Tasted by KVM on 1/30/2012: Enjoyed this at Neil house. Lots of fresh fruit in an Italian framework. Drink now or age until 2014 (3130 views)|
| ||Tasted by prism on 12/26/2011 & rated 91 points: In the groove now (finally). Lovely crimson color, deep red fruits, nice balance of acid and fruit with well-intregrated tannins. The sangiovese and cabernet sauvignon are dancing well together at this point. Delicious. (3817 views)|
| ||Tasted by Anonymous on 12/24/2011 & rated 91 points: Drank w/family at David & Lisa's for X-Mas Eve dinner. PnP, then let breathe for 2+ hrs. Rich, opulent, dry & full-bodied (which became more pronounced as it sat in the glass), nicely balanced acidity, tannins a bit firm that could use a little more time in bottle to fully integrate, and a lingering finish. Notable black cherry, red berry fruit, vanilla, oak & touch of licorice. Well received by most at dinner, w/few finding it a bit too dry later in the evening. This will drink well for another 3-5 years, and/or decant for at least 2 hours before drinking. (3513 views)|
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Vinous, Tuscany 2006 and 2007: A New Golden Age (Aug 2009)
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|By Richard Jennings|
(Tenuta Sette Ponti Crognolo Toscana IGT) Menthol, dried berry, oregano nose; black fruit, mineral and herb palate; medium finish 90+ pts. 90 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!"
2006 Tenuta Sette Ponti Crognolo Toscana IGTThe Crognolo named after a bush, on Cornus, which grows abundantly in the estate. Mostly from sangiovese, the traditional Tuscan varieties capable of giving wines elegant and durable, combining a gift to the complexity class of the variety affinity oak.
* Production Zone: Central Tuscany
* Vines: Mostly Sangiovese with a small proportion of Merlot
* Exposure: South
* Age of vineyards: 20 to 30 years
* Altitude: 250 meters sml
* Farming system: Cordon
* Number of vines per hectare: 6,666
* Type of soil: Sandy, clayey, good compactness
* Production per hectare: 4500 tons
* Winemaking: Maceration and fermentation for 20 days with pumping over and pressing
* Maturation: In French oak barrels
* Bottle aging: 6 months
* Features: The color is intense ruby prelude bouquet reminiscent of ripe cherries and berries, blended well with spicy notes that give class and complexity. Round, very harmonious and vibrant on the palate, showing depth and perfect tannins.
* Serving temperature 18°
* Matches: Fine meats, game, red meat braised
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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Toscana IGTHere is the Wikipedia entry for Toscana wine.