B-21 Top Recommendation
Despite the surge in popularity of Super Tuscan blends based on international varietals, Sangiovese remains the heart and soul of Tuscan wine, as the region's emblematic and most widely planted grape. While Tenuta Sette Ponti produces a top value Super Tuscan wine called Oreno, it is their signature Sangiovese-based blend, Crognolo, that embodies the legacy of great Tuscan winemaking. The 2018 Tenuta Sette Ponti Crognolo delivers a balanced, finessed Sangiovese-dominated wine of Tuscan pedigree, now at an amazing value price.
When the Morretti family purchased the 13th century estate located in the heart of the Chianti zone in the 1960s, vineyards had been in place for decades. But it wasn't until 1997, when Antonio Morretti refocused his efforts from a successful global fashion empire to upgrading vineyard management and winemaking practices, that the estate began producing wines worthy of the critics' attention. Grown at an elevation of approximately 750 feet, the increased age of the vineyards themselves contributes to the overall quality. The soil is the typical stony galestro, a rocky, schist and clay blend commonly found in the area's best vineyards. With the estate now managed by Antonio's son Alberto, the Crognolo is primarily Sangiovese, typically blended with 10-20% estate-grown Merlot to soften the wine's texture. The 2018 Sette Ponti Crognolo is exceptional, exhibiting a core of red berry fruit with lively acidity and minerality, and a lengthy finish offering polished tannins.
Named Gambero Rosso Winery of the Year, the estate's name "Sette Ponti" literally translates as "seven bridges," referring to the historic bridges on the road traversing Tuscany between Florence and Arezzo. Located on the edge of the Tenuta Sette Ponti estate, the most famous of these bridges is best known as being in the background of the Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece, the Mona Lisa. The 2018 Tenuta Sette Ponti Crognolo delivers an age-worthy wine with complexity, finesse and an unmistakable sense of its Tuscan origins. Critics agree – it's a masterpiece of Sangiovese.