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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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+.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Antonio Galloni @ Wine Advocate, Wine Spectator, and James Suckling all award this wine 96 Points (which is why I thought to buy it) and other CT reviews seem very positive. I guess I'm the odd man out.. mint and smoke on the nose (nicest part IMHO). On the palate: light candied cherries with minerality, acidity and fairly heavy tannins -- really nice, but nothing extraordinary. Guess it's just me.
PnVnD let air for 3 hrs. Dense saturated purple black with a violet rim. Closed noise with hints of cassis tobacco and dark chocolate. Medium(+) weight with grippy yet polished tannins. Cassis Bing cherry dark chocolate and a slight herbal note. Drank over several hours and kept opening up and getting better. Don't think I see it as a 96 point wine but lots of life ahead. Will not open another for at least 2 years.
Sealed the rest of the bottle and left in the fridge for three days. What a difference. has opened up with abundant fruit and complex mineral notes with tons of balance. Awesome. +2
Beau vin élégant à la texture soyeuse, beaucoup de classe ici. Un nez envoutant sur les framboises, les bleuets et une pointe florale. La bouche est gourmande, beaucoup de fruits et de mâche. Les tannins sont fins et a finale longue et persistante. Très beau et équilibré...ça coule bien.
Infanticide even with aeration, but you can taste the possibilities, actually opened the '07 but it was corked and wanted to maintain the theme of spectacular Italian Thanksgiving wines, okay we're not Italian but wanted to have spectacular wines and for some reason the Oreno and the Sassacaia that is to follow seemed appropriate - Dark, full bodied with a nose of black fruit, plum, earth, tobacco and vanilla, intense tannic structure, very complex, dusty dry on the palate with amazing length, should've waited on this one! (95 Points).
Chocolate, coffee, mocha. Red, black and stone fruit. Lots going on. Some spice. Some minor high notes. Broad and expansive on the palate. Mouth filling and coating palate is not yet fully integrated. Great acid holds it together though. Better later, I suspect; I'll be back in 2015 for the next one... PDQ93
A little aggressive yet, very young, but it has the makings of something quite remarkable so long as I keep my hands off it for about five to ten years. Still a bit too much oak, striking an unbalanced note, but deep black flavors with a bit of chocolate on the finish. Bakers chocolate. This is good stuff, once one gets past the oak and still tight, drying tannins. Better than this note indicates. Patience will be rewarded, I believe.
Dark berries, chocolate, and oak are the main flavors. None of the olive or licorice flavors that are often associated with italian wines. It was still pretty tight after an hour and a half decant. It's enjoyable now but I think it will be a lot better in a couple of years once the flavors have had more time to separate themselves out.
Elegant, balanced, and complex, and very drinkable now unless you're one of those who insists on waiting until the fruit dies down. But why do that when the flavors are so appealing now? Of course, if you have several bottles it will be fun to see how the wine evolves. I'm far from sad that I drank mine now.
this wine is so young with so much potential. it is dense but light on the palate, great tannins so i can imagine this will be a 20 year wine if you wanted to lay it down and forget about it. i think between 2015-2020 it would be at it's peak. consistent tasting notes.
to sum it up - old world style italian super tuscan that you just want to drink the shit out of!
Much different than other vintages and at this point, my least favorite. Reticent nose of plum. Dark ruby, medium body, sweet plum and cassis fruit overwhelms the delicate structure. This drinks more like a Grenache blend, maybe Priorat or Roussillon wine than an Italian. Wait to see what happens in the next few years.
Tenuta Sette Ponti "Oreno" Dinner (Otto e Mezzo, Alexandra House, Central, Hong Kong): From magnum, ex-chateau library. 100% Bordeaux blend (the first year they dropped the Sangiovese). Compared to the 2006 it is a lighter semi-transparent velvety pluch ruby colour transparent at the meniscus. Nose is deeper than the Sangiovese-influenced 2006….oaked but rounded blackberry and raspberry fruit, , a smoky element… overall, fresh, bright and young. Palate is lovely easy-to-like velvety Merlot-driven satin and good red fruits at the raspberry spectrum wrapped in a very elegant, re ined nd bright acidity. Extremely well made. A very good drinker…..actually, it’s brilliant to drink now as long as you like fruit-forward wines, which I guess is what they are trying to achieve by dropping the traditional Sangiovese component. Actually, when re-visited at the end of the evening it had started to display more violet-driven perfumed Italian typicity….but more like a Barbaresco than a Tuscan wine..so I’m still confused but intruiged. Brilliant but 90-91.
Very nice, however, it is clearly very Bordeaux-like (soft, elegant, milky/creamy/silky), with none of the cherry and little of the acidity that was apparent in older vintages (circa 2001) of this wine. Tannins are soft and "easy". Oak a bit too prominent, but may age into a nice claret-styled wine. There is some spice here, and fruit concentration is nice...wish the oak were dialed down a bit.
‘Oreno’ is the flagship wine of the Tenuta Sette Ponti (Chianti region, 20 km northwesterly of the city of Arezzo) ; an internationally styled Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon-Sangiovese-blend, that was aged for 12 months in new oak barriques. Decanted: 3 hours before tasting. Nice, bright ruby-red color (yet lighter in color than most of the other Super Tuscan wines) and an alluring nose of blueberries, smoke, saddle leather and a touch of oak. Very (too) elegant, medium-bodied palate displaying refined red and black fruit components, polished tannins, but (in my opinion) the wine could be a bit more concentrated. Harmonious finish. (Perhaps it was opened prematurely.)
'Oreno' is het vlaggenschip van de Tenuta Sette Ponti (Chiantistreek, 20 km ten noordwesten van de stad Arezzo); een Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon-Sangiovese-blend, gemaakt in een internationale stijl, die een rijping van 12 maanden op nieuwe eik meekreeg. Gedecanteerd: 3 uur voor consumptie. Mooie, heldere robijnrode kleur (lichter van kleur dan de meeste andere ‘Super Tuscans’) en een verleidelijke neus van bosbessen, zadelleer, rokerige nuances en een vleugje eik. Een zeer (te) elegante wijn, middelkrachtig van smaak, met verfijnde componenten van rood en zwart fruit, gepolijste tannines, doch hij kon wat geconcentreerder zijn (naar mijn mening). Harmonieuze afdronk. (Misschien werd de wijn wat te vroeg ontkurkt).
seriously i dont understand y tis bttl cn score 96 pts.its definitely a veri young bttl as i cn detect the heat of the alcohol.rather chewy with nice tannins.nt a balance wine.tis bttl realli need at least 8yrs.overall stil a decent bttl at the present moment.
Nice easy drinking Tuscan with good depth but very little resolve; not particularly tannic, just dull on the back end. This is night and day from the '06 which is a bit monolithic and dense. While I think I enjoy this style more, it needs to offer a bit more over the coming years to be something worth following in the long run.
Drank at an italian restaurant in Orange county. A massive wine! Very bold and concentrated. Crashed berries, jammy, chunky tannins, chewy, but very refined, smooth while so powerful. Unbelieveable. Just bought a case (6). Buy it when you can - you won't regret. Cellar it for 10-20 yr.
The 2008 Oreno is really alive and more elegant than previous vintages. It is packed with gorgeous blackberry, crushed floral, saddle leather, smoke and mineral notes. The rock solid structure and beautiful balance combined with a super long finish that carries on and on make this is a superb wine. The 2008 blend consists of 45% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Petit Verdot. (Best from 2013-2026) - JD
Very dark in color with a slightly closed nose of blackberries and spice. This is very rich and tannic. There's no Sangiovese in the blend for 2008 and it's noticeably absent from the nose and the palate. Much more in the style of a Bordeaux/Claret than previous vintages. The tannins are very fine and persist well into the silky finish which contains a nice mineral streak. This is obviously a very well made and highly polished wine, but still quite tightly wound and reserved at this early stage. Not yet drinking like a nearly $70 bottle. Will need at least another 3-4 years in the cellar before realizing its full potential. 50+5+12+16+8=91
What ChrisW97 said. I know the pros say to wait a few more years but with a lot of air these are good now. Had a glass with an hour of air and it was good. Corked the bottle and finished it the next night and it was wonderful.
A nice dark purple color. Almost sweet strawberry jam on the nose, with a mix of raspberry vanilla and blueberries. Beautifully strong fruit, with some flowers. This was gorgeously lush and silky on the palate with the continuation of fruit that was still contained and elegant. Tannins came in soft and late almost like an after thought, almost chewy. A really elegant and balanced effort from Tenuta Sette Ponti and has a great qpr. My colleague brought this to a blind tasting and won straight against 18 other super tuscans on that evening.
First night was a bit sour and harsh, despite having sat in the decanter for a few hours. Re bottled and drank the next night, at which point it had gotten much better. Going to put away my other two for awhile.
2011 Casual Session - 6 @ ES: Alcohol :: 14.5% First access, very dark ruby that is bright with red hue. Plum, tobacco, mineral, wood spice slightly backward metallic nose that is deep with good scale. Fresh, with fine tannin and medium structure that covered the concentrated blakcurrant and plum infuse flavor that sail alongside with wood spice, linear with fine grained powdery texture tannin that caressing the palate and leads all the way to the detail, focus finish. With time, this turn juicier with flavors of coffee, sweet creamy vanilla oak, dark chocolate and blackberry. At this price, this clearly delivered. Buy - Maybe - Yes.
Popped and poured. First glass closed. Gradually opened up after 2 hrs. Nose had notes of cedar, forest floor, cigar box, licorice, bitter dark chocolate. Smooth tannins. Odd impression of sweetness. More 89 points at the beginning, but 93-94 as it's opened up.
Un vin avec une belle ampltitude, robe foncée, le fruit est bien présent. Toutefois, le vin est à ce stade-ci un peu trop alcooleux. Tout de même un beau vin, mais il n'est pas aussi équilibré que je l'aurai espéré dû à l'alcool trop prononcé. En espérant que ce défaut se réglera avec le temps.
I received my shipment on Friday, 4/1/11, and opened a bottle on Saturday. I was pleasantly surprised at both the taste, color, and smell of this young wine. I expected it to be a little brash and young, but it was well balanced and very, very nice. I did not have to let it breathe long, just an hour or so and I would agree with the WS rating of 96 points. I should have ordered more.