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2018 Tenuta Sette Ponti Crognolo (750ml)

Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy

B-21 Top Recommendation
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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.

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Aromas of currants, flowers and orange blossom follow through to a full body with very fine tannins that are tight and polished. Beautiful length and polish. Better after 2021.

94 points, James Suckling (Jul 2020)

The Tenuta Sette Ponti 2018 Crognolo is mostly Sangiovese blended in with about 10% Merlot. This is a nicely balanced wine that offers the tangy freshness and acidity of the first grape ironed out and softened by that smaller percentage of the second. The wine is redolent of cherry, blackberry and plum. Its primary intensity is bright and cheerful. The finish shows pretty thickness, extraction and nicely integrated tannins.

93 points, Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Oct 2020)

Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%
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