2006 Tenuta Sette Ponti "Oreno" Toscana
**Top 100 Wines of 2008** Shows loads of black licorice, blackberry and toasty oak. Full-bodied, with supersilky tannins and a long, long finish. Has wonderful concentration and balance. Structured. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sangiovese. Best after 2013. (JS)
Lead pencil, currants and berries with intense leather and cedar. Full and juicy. Very long and insane.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2006 Oreno (50% Sangiovese, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot) combines elements of ripeness and firm, vibrant structure in a beautifully-balanced, gorgeous wine. Tar, smoke, licorice, new leather and menthol notes emerge, adding layers of expressiveness to the dark fruit. This is a powerful Oreno made in a less immediate style than the 2007. With time, though, the wine’s inner sweetness comes through, suggesting that this wine has a very bright future. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2021. (AG)
A much more powerful side of Tuscany comes through in the 2006 Sette Ponti a Sangiovese/Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot from vineyards near Arezzo. The 2006 still boasts considerable power...(AG)
Sette Ponti's "Oreno" is named for the river that crosses the estate and is the winery's flagship wine. A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese from vines averaging 15-20 years, this beauty has all of the elegance of Sangiovese with the fruit and complexity of Cab and Merlot. Ripe berries, cocoa and hints of aceto on the wine's bouquet captivate the senses, while the wine's structured palate delivers lots of red fruit, polished tannins and robust character. Try with grilled flat iron steal or osso bucco.