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    Castello di Fonterutoli Chianti Classico 2007Tuscany, Italy

    WINE NOTES:

    Fonterutoli’s Castello is the reward for years of research into the biotypes of Sangiovese found throughout their estate. Blended from 50 separate parcels of vines aged 10-26 years, on a mix of Galestro and Albarese soils. The wine is aged in French barrique (60% new) for 16 months. A blend of 85% Sangiovese and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

    PRESS:

    92 Points — Wine Advocate

    The 2007 Chianti Classico Castello di Fonterutoli blossoms on the palate with dark red cherries, flowers, spices and subtle French oak. Darker smoke, tar and licorice nuances develop in the glass, adding notable richness. A juicy, round finish caps off this magnificent wine from Fonterutoli. In fact, this is one of the most refined vintages of the Castello I can remember tasting. As with so many Tuscan reds in 2007, the wine is delicious today, but will acquire further complexity if cellared. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2022.

    Oct 2010

    Wine Of The Week – Argiano Solengo, IGT Rosso Toscana 2007

    January 20, 2012 1:11 pm - Posted by Jody in Drink

    SolengoTuscany, Italy

    92 Points, Wine Advocate

    The 2007 Solengo is sleek and refined in its blackberries, blueberries, grilled herbs, spices and graphite. The wine reveals gorgeous length and fine balance in a relatively accessible, mid-weight style for this bottling. The 2007 doesn’t appear to have the structure of the 2006 and it should be enjoyed over the next decade, give or take. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2019. (#188, April 2010)

    92 Points, Wine Spectator

    Full and velvety, with so much cassis and sweet tobacco on the nose and palate. A little hard on the long finish. But should open with bottle age. To be released spring 2011. Best after 2012. 750 cases made. -JS (Oct 31st 2010)


    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)