2013 Tenuta Sette Ponti "Oreno" Toscana

SKU #1225214 97 points James Suckling

 A wine with terrific texture and balance. Very polished tannins that are etheral and harmonious. Full-bodied, yet fresh, this is about combining elegance with power. It's so Latour in style. Excellent depth. Better in 2017, but so fine now. Blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and petit verdot.  (8/2015)

K&L Notes

From the winery: Oreno, which takes its name from the river that crosses the Ponti estate and the hamlet where the farmhouse is found, is the estate's flagship wine. With ample fruit from the Merlot, structure from the Cabernet Sauvignon, brought together with the elegance of Petit Verdot, it expresses best the potential of the territory and the Moretti family's idea of wine. Dark ruby red in color, tinged with decisive violet tones, it expresses on the nose incredible sensations of richness and complexity with a note of ripe berries that give sensations of chocolate and nuances of balsamic. Oreno is a captivating wine, rich in structure but decisively dynamic, enhanced by the influences of new oak and an interminable finish.

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By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/11/2016 | Send Email
While it's always difficult to think of Tuscany as producing anything other than top-notch sangiovese wines, the cabernet and Bordeaux style blends from the region have continued to improve and impress over the last decade. If I had tasted the Oreno blind or as part of a Napa staff tasting, I would have easily been fooled. This rich, structured, and dynamic marriage of merlot, cab, and petit verdot is like a hybrid of the riper California fruit with the structure and acidity of a fine Bordeaux. Aged in French oak, it's a wine for the big and bold cab drinker who thinks he's tried everything.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/11/2016 | Send Email
This is finessed and structured wine with supreme balance and concentration. For Italian wine fans who still want to drink claret, this is a stylish and satisfying option. Tenuta Setta Ponti's "Oreno" has been the Wine Spectator's top 100 wines of the year on multiple occasions, and the 2013 has all the potential to make it back on that list again.

By: Rachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/11/2016 | Send Email
As I admired the beautiful ruby color of this wine the abundant aromatics jumped out of the glass. The perfume was deep, masculine and meaty with lively baking spice and tobacco. The bold flavors on the palate matched the wonderful fragrance of the wine. The tobacco melded with dark cocoa powder and were kings on the palate. The fruit was deep, subtle and streamlined under the lively spice and lifting acid. The wine is complex and gallant without being aggressive. The dusty, chewy tannins and cocoa powder last long in the finish where the dark ripe fruit shows a little more vibrancy.

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the M├ędoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

Italy

- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.
Sub-Region:

Tuscany

Specific Appellation:

Super Tuscan