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    Wine Of The Week – Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno 2008

    November 24, 2011 7:46 am - Posted by Jody in Drink

    Oreno BottleIGT Toscana, Tuscany, Italy

    96 Points, Wine Advocate
    The 2008 Oreno is stunningly beautiful. An open, expressive bouquet laced with mint, red berries, roses and spices emerges with superb clarity and balance. The tension between the minerality of the vintage and the rich expression of fruit that is one of the house’s hallmarks play off each other beautifully here. The finish is utterly exquisite in its beguiling beauty. The 2008 isn’t the most powerful Oreno ever made, but it is quite possibly the most elegant, impeccably refined wine I have ever tasted here. Simply put, it is fabulous juice! In 2008 the percentage of Sangiovese is way down and Oreno is predominantly Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, a decision that has paid off handsomely. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.  (www.erobertparker.com Oct 2010)

    96 Points, Wine Spectator
    Structured and racy, showing blueberry and chocolate aromas and flavors, with loads of currant. Full and tannic, yet polished and caressing, with an impressive and persistent finish. A marked change from some past vintages, with only Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot in the blend. Best after 2014.  (www.winespectator.com Oct 2010)

    Wine Of The Week – Tenuta Belguardo 2005

    August 31, 2011 10:26 am - Posted by Jody in Drink

    Each week I like to choose a new wine to introduce to our fans. These wines vary by region, by varietal and even by price. I don’t think cost and value are necessarily related. So I like to focus on wines I have experienced on my travels and I think our fans will enjoy trying. salut!

    TenutaIGT Maremma Toscana, Italy

    PRESS:

    92 Points, Wine Spectator
    This is deep red in color, with rich, ripe fruit and smoky, toasty oak. Full-bodied, with supervelvety tannins and a long, rich finish. Balanced. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best after 2011. 2,080 cases made. (Oct 15th 2008).

    91 Points — Wine Advocate
    The Cabernet-based 2005 Belguardo is a supple, layered wine with terrific energy. Dark cherries, toasted oak, mint and crushed flowers emerge as this outstanding wine reveals its elegant personality. There is quite a bit of upside here, but the wine requires another year or two to absorb its oak. This is another great example of a successful 2005 from Maremma. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020. (June 2008)

    Each week I like to choose a new wine to introduce to our fans. These wines vary by region, by varietal and even by price. I don’t think cost and value are necessarily related. So I like to focus on wines I have experienced on my travels and I think our fans will enjoy trying. salut!

    Grant Burge Cameron Vale

    Barossa, Australia

    WINE NOTES:
    The grapes for this wine were picked from Grant’s Cameron Vale vineyard, which was planted between 1971 and 1975, in a fertile area between Lyndoch and Williamstown, which a portion sourced from the cool Eden Valley.  The maturity of the vines is clearly evident in the intensity and full flavour of the wine.  The 2008 vintage began earlier than expected due to an early heat wave, however the aspect of the vineyard protected the fruit allowing it to display varietal character, concentration and flavour.

    TASTING NOTE:
    The 2008 Cameron Vale Cabernet is inky black in colour with vibrant purple hues. The wine presents distinct varietal aromas of blackcurrant, plums and menthol with a hint of  savoury spice, courtesy of the French Oak The palate is generous with dark fruits, ripe plums, mint and chocolate supported by silkey tannins and integrated oak character. The balance of this wine endures a long and rewarding finish.