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 Vintage2008 Label 1 of 34 
ProducerTenuta Sette Ponti (web)
VarietySuperTuscan Blend
AppellationToscana IGT
UPC Code(s)8033011200819

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2014 and 2023 (based on 31 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Sette Ponti Oreno on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 92.3 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 109 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by soyhead on 6/30/2015: from magnum. very much a dark bitter cherry, with profound bitterness well into the midpalate and finish. more palatable with food, but i couldnt find much attractive going on here. dumb phase?/young (214 views)
 Tasted by bonedoc on 6/12/2015 & rated 92 points: Dark, rich, oaky, tobacco, new world style (1183 views)
 Tasted by skifree on 6/5/2015 & rated 92 points: Brought to CT SEA Super-Tuscan tasting night, where it came in tied for 2nd (and third) out of 6. Most thought this was from 2010 or 2011 on initial taste, another sign of how slowly wines age in my cellar. Lots of red fruit on the nose, and lots of tobacco on the finish. It softened the second night (one glass left over), and was even better, thought likely still behind the 2004 Tig I had last night. (1240 views)
 Tasted by peterk on 6/1/2015 & rated 93 points: Lovely wine - full bodied, tannic with loads of fruit. Well balanced. Drinking beautifully now. I imagine this will improve over time, but why wait. I just discovered Fine & Rare selling this for £166 per 6-pack - I quickly bought another. (1584 views)
 Tasted by RougeAmore on 5/1/2015 & rated 94 points: Aroma of raspberries, mint, cassis, and licorice and rose petals. Strikingly smooth and elegant with blackberry and spice. Full to medium bodied. It seems to have the weight and balance of a wine from Margaux. Very refined. Drinking well now (2067 views)
 Tasted by randyjc on 3/31/2015 & rated 94 points: This is still too early but I really wanted to try it. Rewarding. The wine has a warm, expressive nose though with an off-putting whiff of alcohol. All is forgiven when the wine gets in the mouth. Lush and soft opening with black cherry compote, evolving to warm stewed red fruit preserves. (Sorry. Tried to nail it down but failed.) the finish is long with a bit of eaucalyptus and minerality and ripe red fruit, though shut down by strong fine tannins. If I had half a case of this in the cellar which, sadly, I do not, I would open one every two years and be dramatically rewarded on bottles 3 - 6. This is a special wine, even with its youthful indiscretions. (2697 views)
 Tasted by Burgundy Al on 2/12/2015 & rated 91 points: Black and blue fruit with some vanilla and chocolate notes. Much like another bottle from a few weeks ago, but slightly more firm, slightly less evolved/ nuanced. (3069 views)
 Tasted by slippytoad on 1/31/2015 & rated 92 points: Still a little chewy but opened up after an hour. Lots of black fruit in the middle with a decent finish. (2560 views)
 Tasted by Burgundy Al on 1/24/2015 & rated 92 points: Nicely floral start with black and blue fruit. Still a bit firm, but with nicely rich, rounded fruit, hints of chocolate and espresso. Lots of energy. Good now, better with some air. Probably better in a few more years. (3026 views)
 Tasted by Justinwine on 1/11/2015 & rated 94 points: Lush with beautiful fruit. Great finish. A delight to drink. (2722 views)
 Tasted by bonedoc on 12/23/2014 & rated 91 points: Limited notes, Tannic, dark fruits, paired well w red meat sauce, wanting for more fruit/concentration. (2450 views)
 Tasted by Vino Me on 12/19/2014 & rated 94 points: Opened by smartlysauced. My favorite red at the tasting. Deep purple color. Violet aromas. Firm tannins. Notes of lavender, cocoa, currant and mint. Round texture. This was the best Oreno I have had which includes the 2001, 2004 and 2005. 93-94 points. (2439 views)
 Tasted by AllRed on 12/12/2014 & rated 92 points: Two 750ml bottles, courtesy of smartlysauced. Licorice, plum and dark fruit aromas. Tannins are still quite firm and chalky in texture. Flavors of plum, dark fruit and leather with spice and plum on the finish. Needs some time. Drink from 2018+. (2029 views)
 Tasted by JS199 on 11/17/2014 & rated 93 points: This was impressive. Solid. Precise, balanced and lots of fruit. It tasted more Bordeaux than anything else to me. It has plenty of time left. 93+ (2833 views)
 Tasted by bajayngo on 10/8/2014: Quick notes from a blind tasting with Motz - the 1st note I pulled from this wine was this beautiful mineral-cherry-seaweed thing that I get out of some of my favorite wines that happen to be biodynamically farmed. This was absolutely explosive on the palate with teeth staining and palate enveloping flavors and complexities with pine/eucalyptus , cherry, tomato paste, earth/rock, lush dark berries, bitter coco and a finish that would not quite. The is the perfect example of a massively hedonistic wine that somehow keeps everything in check and balanced. This is a wine I would love to decipher a meal. Thanks again for sharing Motz. (3339 views)
 Tasted by Motz on 10/6/2014 & rated 96 points: Consumed over three days; among the most memorable tasting experiences of this year. Opened Friday morning and finished Sunday evening. Upon opening, it featured a remarkably appealing bouquet and a smooth, polished mouthfeel. After about 8 hours of slow-oxed air, the wine began to show its teeth, and by the second day tremendous tannic structure had come out to play.

A wine of countless layers, including dark chocolate, espresso, gravel, ink, graphite, juniper, mint, eucalyptus, Mediterranean herbs, Tuscan dustiness, alluvial silt, blackcurrant, and crème de cassis. Stupendous texture and balance, incredible harmony. Structure to go enhances a finish that does not quit. By Sunday, this stunner had fully come into its own, delivering indescribably seamless pleasure. Charming, sophisticated, and stalwart.

Recommend holding this as it will likely improve. Indeed, this could score 97+ with 5+ years of cellaring. If drinking now, decant for at least 8 hours. This is the third vintage of Oreno it has been my privilege to sample, and for my money it ranks among the very best Super Tuscans in quality, and unquestionably the best valued. (3155 views)
 Tasted by jeffm_fla on 8/21/2014 & rated 91 points: Not much nose, but nice flavor - maybe a little muted, though. Soft with less acidity than I expected. (3664 views)
 Tasted by cadamson on 8/19/2014 & rated 92 points: Still could use some years, but very well made and enjoyable. Dark fruits, cocoa and some spices, with a decent finish. All done as good as can be, just lacking a full on wow factor for some reason. (3474 views)
 Tasted by Bam_Man on 6/22/2014 & rated 92 points: First bottle since December, 2011. Noticeably less tight and restrained now. Still not particularly impressive on the nose, but very rich and focused on the palate. There is remarkable depth and definition to the raspberry, plum and dark currant fruit here. Finishes much longer now - with abundant, mouth-puckering tannins that have barely begun to integrate. True to its pedigree, this wine is built for the long haul and has clearly improved over the past two and a half years. Not yet quite as broad and complex as the 2006 or 2007, but it is closing the gap. Should continue to develop nicely over the next 3-5 years. 92+
50+5+12+17+8=92 (4074 views)
 Tasted by LFCHALA on 6/6/2014 & rated 91 points: Good wine. Pleased me. Floral aromas, plum, and minerality. In the mouth, harsh tannins, good acidity and long. Young needs time to integrate its components. The problem with this wine is the price, very expensive. One can find similar wines or even more expressive in terms of the region, at lower prices. (3390 views)
 Tasted by DarinC on 5/23/2014 & rated 94 points: PnP. Beautiful floral nose of violets, roses, blueberries, essence of cassis and a trace of earth. Plush and refined fruit forward mouthfeel. Long, slightly mineral finish with abundant fine tannins. Excellent blend with the merlot being the most obvious. Very enjoyable and came across more like a California wine than Italian. (3481 views)
 Tasted by sellerscellar on 5/12/2014 & rated 93 points: Everything is in perfect balance right now. Rich and creamy in tune with tannin and acidity. Excellent with food or on its own. Excellent. (3225 views)
 Tasted by KPB on 4/8/2014 & rated 91 points: Not easy to love at this age. Deep purple, with a nose of cassis sorbet, licorice, tar, torrified coffee. But savage and closed, very tannic, mouth puckering acidity. Needs another five or eight years! At peak could merit 94. Or maybe not: very hard to judge right now. (3901 views)
 Tasted by yeti575rider on 3/29/2014 & rated 92 points: Dinner with the Keegan's (Our house): Bottle 2 with dinner. A close #2 for me, tied for first overall. The girls favorite. This really opened up after 3 or so hours and I had the impression even more time would have been better. Really nice black cherry note with the darker fruits, probably the most balanced of the 4 wines not leaning too much to the fruit or too much to the leaner side. Glad I have another bottle to hold for a few more years. Expect in to jump a point or 2. (3120 views)
 Tasted by BBencz on 3/22/2014 & rated 93 points: Two-hour decant. Mint, cassis and red fruit on the nose, with cocoa, cherry, and plum notes. Medium bodied, with firm tannins and balanced acidity. At least five more years of growth to go here. Not worth popping another one of these for a while. All the makings of a gem, but not there yet. (2932 views)
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By Antonio Galloni
Vinous, In a Tuscan State of Mind (Oct 2010)
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By Jon Rimmerman
Garagiste (11/9/2010)
(ORENO Sette Ponti) Ponti

Dear Friends,

We’ve had an unusual number of requests over the past few weeks for the 2006, 2007 and 2008 vintages of this wine and that usually means one of two things - people are price shopping (spurred by multiple retailer offers) or there’s a new review out there somewhere (or both). We try to listen to your requests, so here goes...

I’ve tasted all three vintages of Sette Ponti Oreno mentioned above and, call me crazy, but 2006 is the most serious (by a wide margin). 2006 is one of the finest overall Tuscan vintages of the last few decades and the Oreno took full advantage. While the 2007 version is almost too over the top, the 2006 gets it quite right – tannic and distinguished with a long future ahead. It’s the most complete Oreno yet made and the same can be said for many Tuscan wines in 2006 (a vintage that is closer in style to 2005 in Bordeaux, where 2007 in Tuscany is closer to 2009 in Bordeaux – as far as 2008, I do have a soft-spot for the delicate and unusual style of the year but be warned many of the wines are for those that lean toward the esoteric and not for those that yearn for chewy fruit):

I urge you to look up community notes as well.

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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.


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