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2016 Tenuta Argentiera Bolgheri Superiore (750ml)

Cabernet Sauvignon from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy

B-21 Top Recommendation
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Bolgheri, with its Persian blue skies and undulating hillside vineyards, is home to Italy's – and many of the world's – finest vineyards. Within this historical Tuscan region – home to such illustrious names as Guado al Tasso, Ornellaia and Sassicaia – Tenuta Argentiera enjoys the closest proximity to the Tyrrhenian Sea of all its neighbors, doubly outshining its brethren with the highest altitude parcels of pristine vines anywhere in the zone. During the age of the Etruscans, these plateaus were mined for their rich silver deposits, hence the name of this important estate – "Argenti" meaning silver in Italian.

Argentiera began life as part of the larger Donoratico estate, owned by one of Italy's most prominent families, the Florentine Serristori family. Passing into the ownership of another of Bolgheri's most powerful, the Antinori family took over, restoring, beautifying and completing the top parcels until meeting the current owners in 1999. That's when this historical Tenuta truly took flight.

Enter Corrado and Marcello Fratini, the most passionate people to ever set foot on these 1,200 acres. No amount of investment too exorbitant, they brought to the winemaking team not only Federico Zileri (Bolgheri consortium president), but also one of Europe's most sought after oenologists, Stephane Derenoncourt (Clos Fourtet, Pavie-Macquin, Canon-la-Gaffelière, and dozens more). The rest, as they say, has been history – glorious history at that.


The 2016 Bolgheri Superiore Argentiera is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, and the Cabernet Sauvignon logically feels and tastes most prominent. This is a dark and penetrating Tuscan red that is beautifully elevated, thanks to the extremely elegant and buoyant quality of the aromas. They lift gracefully from the glass with light-footed, almost fleeting character. However, don't underestimate the power and the concentration of the wine, because this vintage delivers both with abundance. I've had my eye on this estate since the vineyards were first planted some 20 years ago, and there is no doubt that this vintage brings Tenuta Argentiera into a new era as a Bolgheri protagonist. Some 80,000 bottles were made.

97 points, Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Issue # Interim - May 2019)

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

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