2016 Tenuta Sette Ponti "Oreno" Toscana

SKU #1403281 99 points James Suckling

 Gorgeous floral and deep, dark berry aromas with hints of spices such as cinnamon and hazelnuts. Full body and ultra-fine and strong tannins that are powerful yet so sleek and beautiful. Fantastic length and texture. Deep, dark and profound. Takes you on a long journey and shows you its true character. Better in 2025. Give it time.  (5/2018)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Merlot (50%), Cabernet Sauvignon (40%) and Petit Verdot (10%) are assembled with precision and balance. The 2016 Oreno is a fantastic expression from Tuscany that blossoms with each swirl and tilt of the glass. This is a full-bodied red with generous aromas of black fruit, spice, tobacco and soft spice. The wine rests in new French barrique for 18 months. Some 45,000 bottles were produced. (ML)  (5/2019)

94 points Vinous

 The 2016 Oreno is gorgeous. Rich, unctuous and resonant, the 2016 is laced with inky blue/purplish fruit, bittersweet chocolate, spice, lavender, licorice and incense. I would prefer to give the 2016 a few years to come into its own, but it is impressive, even in the early going. Silky tannins and dense, plush fruit add to its undeniable immediacy and sheer appeal. (AG)  (3/2019)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Focused, dripping with black cherry and blueberry fruit, accented by leather, spice and earth notes. This is broad-shouldered and supple, with sweet fruit and a solid structure converging on the finish. (BS)  (10/2018)

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By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/11/2019 | Send Email
2016 is one of the finest Orenos and among the best of Italy's Bordeaux style reds. It showcases deep and rich fruit that possesses an international flair combined with unmistakable Tuscan flavors and character. Although it's quite accessible now, it's sure to improve with time in the cellar. Steak with this one!

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/5/2019 | Send Email
Oreno has always been one of my favorite Super Tuscan styled reds. I've been tasting and buying this wine for over a decade and it never disappoints. Full of saturated blackcurrant fruit, blackberry compote and sweet baking spices it is mouthful of wine that shows the potential for these grape varieties in this region. For a Bordeaux equivalent, it reminds me of a young Pontet Canet. The Oreno's tannins are supple, the length is long and the flavors deep. Exotic and sexy now, it wants a long decant but give it 5 or 6 years in the cellar and you'll be rewarded with a gorgeous wine that would hang with the top wines from any comparable producer or top flight Bordeaux for that matter.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/5/2019 | Send Email
The nose is this wine is profound, I've had it several times now over the course of years but it has gone from an effusively if not ebullient fruity wine in its primary years to a more focused, savory and complex wine. The nose has layers of earth, spice and density and while it has lots of fruit underneath it doesn't smell new worldish. On the palate the wine has density, ultra fine tannins that show an exquisite balance between suppleness and muscle. The upfront Merlot gives texture to balance out the Cabernet Sauvignon's structure and the Petit Verdot with a bit of muscle and color. Long, long powerful finish a wine of tremendous aging potential, truly outstanding.

By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/5/2019 | Send Email
Oreno has been a favorite of mine back to the 2006 when it started to get acclaim that matched its much more expensive peers. When it is on point, it is one of the most rewarding reds you'll find, and although this leaves a lot for the 2016 to live up to, it does so effortlessly. The aromas are subtle, with a gentle floral note and pure red fruits. The palate is compact and focused, one of the great signatures of the vintage, with a streak of acidity that lifts the flavors of black cherry and wild strawberry. 2016 Oreno is very polished and composed, a bit less forward than some recent vintages, but perhaps better for it. A great vintage of Oreno, this deserves a long decant now if you can't resist giving it a whirl, but it will be best with a few years in the cellar, drinking well for the next 10 to 20 years.

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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 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.


- 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