2006 Tenuta Sette Ponti "Oreno" Toscana

SKU #1043881 96 points Wine Spectator

 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. *#15 of the Top 100 Wines of 2008* (JS)  (10/2008)

94 points James Suckling

 Lead pencil, currants and berries with intense leather and cedar. Full and juicy. Very long and insane.  (8/2012)

93 points 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)  (8/2009)

93 points Vinous

 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)  (12/2013)

K&L Notes

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.

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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 Médoc 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.


- 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.


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Super Tuscan