Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno 2017
Oreno, named after the river that runs through the property, is the flagship wine of Tenuta Sette Ponti. A Tuscan Bordeaux blend of Merlot, Cabernet and Petit Verdot , Oreno is matured for 18 months in new French oak. The soils that produce the fruit for Oreno are a blend of clay, sand and the stony galestro limestone that is special to Tuscany. Clusters are reduced to one or two per stalk in May to assure maximum quality when they are hand harvested in autumn. In the winery, grapes are hand sorted and destemmed. Fermentation occurs in a combination of temperature-controlled and lined, open-top tanks, followed by malolactic fermentation. Oreno is aged in French Allier barriques and in bottle before release.
Tenuta Sette Ponti lies on historic land in the heart of the Chianti zone at the end of the Via del Monte, known locally as the Via dei Sette Ponti, in a beautiful hidden valley. Named for the seven medieval bridges crossing the Arno River on the road from Arezzo to Florence—one of which, the Ponte Buriano, is perceptible in the right far background of Leonardo DaVinci's Mona Lisa—the estate has a storied history. But it has been the dedication and savvy of luxury goods entrepreneur Antonio Moretti that has transformed the 750-acre estate into a multifaceted farm property that is today one of Tuscany’s most innovative, quality-driven producers of world-class Super Tuscans.
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James Suckling95-96 Points, James Suckling: "A firm and focused red with a currant, plum and berry character. Full body with polished and chewy tannins. Lovely length, too. A blend of 50% merlot, 40% cabernet sauvignon and 10% petit verdot." 9/18