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    Pergole Torte – 2006 – Montevertine

    Label: Sealed Case
    Caps: Sealed Case
    Level: Sealed Case
    Color: Sealed Case

    The 2006 Le Pergole Torte is utterly spellbinding. It hasn’t fleshed out yet like the 2004, but it nevertheless possesses breathtaking inner perfume, great purity in its fruit and fabulous overall balance. Today the tannins remain a touch firm, but the wine’s beauty is impossible to miss. True pleasure is still a few years away. I imagine the 2006 will still be fabulous at age 30. The 2006 Pergole Torte is shaping up to be yet another jewel in a long line of stunning wines from Montevertine.
    A.G. 98

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    6x Oreno – 2019 – Tenuta Sette Ponti

    Label: Sealed Case
    Caps: Sealed Case
    Level: Sealed Case
    Color: Sealed Case

    Wow. Fantastic aromas of blackberries, currants, minerals, violets and graphite. Full-bodied with firm, silky tannins that are incredibly polished and intense, yet ever so refined and integrated in the wine. It goes on for minutes. The is one of the best modern-day Orenos so far. Best in 2025 and onwards.
    J.S. 99

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    6x Ornellaia – 2011 – Bolgheri

    Label: Sealed Case
    Caps: Sealed Case
    Level: Sealed Case
    Color: Sealed Case

    Another dark and intense wine, the 2011 Ornellaia boasts superb depth, richness and power. Here, too, 2011 has somewhat tightened over the past six months. Today, the searing tannins are quite evident, giving 2011 a gravity and muscular element that suggests aging. How long? I’m not sure, but 2011 is built to last for a long time. Herbs, new leather, menthol and cloves resonate on the huge finish.
    AG 97

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    6x Ornellaia – 2005 – Bolgheri

    Label: Sealed Case
    Caps: Sealed Case
    Level: Sealed Case
    Color: Sealed Case

    The medium-bodied 2005 Ornellaia shows plenty of delineation in its dark cherries, blueberries, spices, minerals and crushed rocks. The 2005 doesn’t have the detail of the 2004 or the richness of the 2006, but it does offer notable finesse and clarity in an understated style for this wine. My impression is that this will be a relatively early-maturing vintage of Ornellaia, which is not a bad thing, considering the age-worthiness of the two vintages which surround it. In 2005 Ornellaia is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. It is a big success in this vintage.
    A.G. 93

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    6x Ornellaia – 2003 – Bolgheri

    Label: Sealed Case
    Caps:Sealed Case
    Level: Sealed Case
    Color: Sealed Case

    The 2003 Ornellaia is another impressive wine. Owing to the heat of the vintage, this is an especially ripe, opulent Ornellaia. The blend contains a higher percentage of Cabernet Franc and less Merlot than is the norm, which helps preserve a measure of freshness. It is also the first vintage where Petit Verdot is part of the blend. Dark, jammy fruit is nicely balanced by a vein of minerality that gives the wine clarity and length, yet the tannins are a touch less finessed than in the finest years, which is consistent with the quality of the vintage. The final blend is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot, aged a total of 18 months in French oak, 70% new. This is without question a very impressive 2003.
    R.P. 93

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    6x Ornellaia – 2002 – Bolgheri

    Label: Sealed Case
    Caps: Sealed Case
    Level: Sealed Case
    Color: Sealed Case

    The 2002 Ornellaia (65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot) is an astoundingly good wine considering the vintage. A vibrant dark ruby/violet, it offers suggestions of herbs, tobacco, earthiness and dark red fruit with excellent length and notable structure. Although it doesn’t have the concentration or length of the best vintages, it displays terrific overall balance and is undoubtedly a huge overachiever for which General Manager/Agronomist Leonardo Raspini and his entire team deserve much credit.
    R.P. 92

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    Ornellaia – 2002 – Bolgheri

    Label: Perfect
    Caps: Perfect
    Level: Very top shoulder
    Color: Perfect

    The 2002 Ornellaia (65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot) is an astoundingly good wine considering the vintage. A vibrant dark ruby/violet, it offers suggestions of herbs, tobacco, earthiness and dark red fruit with excellent length and notable structure. Although it doesn’t have the concentration or length of the best vintages, it displays terrific overall balance and is undoubtedly a huge overachiever for which General Manager/Agronomist Leonardo Raspini and his entire team deserve much credit.
    R.P. 92

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    Ornellaia – 2002 – Bolgheri

    Label: Perfect
    Caps: Perfect
    Level: Top shoulder
    Color: Perfect

    The 2002 Ornellaia (65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot) is an astoundingly good wine considering the vintage. A vibrant dark ruby/violet, it offers suggestions of herbs, tobacco, earthiness and dark red fruit with excellent length and notable structure. Although it doesn’t have the concentration or length of the best vintages, it displays terrific overall balance and is undoubtedly a huge overachiever for which General Manager/Agronomist Leonardo Raspini and his entire team deserve much credit.
    R.P. 92

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    Masseto – 2003 – Tenuta dell’Ornellaia

    Label: Sealed Case
    Caps: Sealed Case
    Level: Sealed Case
    Color: Sealed Case

    Tasted at Jeurg Richter’s pre-Climens lunch. The Masseto ’03 oozes class with a ravishing, opulent bouquet with raspberry, kirsch, Kalamata olives and a touch of undergrowth. It has enticing definition and a sense of natural calm. The palate is beautifully balanced with svelte tannins, a nonchalant sense of self-being with gentle grip, filigree texture, more black than the red fruits evident on the nose, cedar and cigar box towards the understated finish.
    R.P. 96

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    6x Masseto – 2002 – Tenuta dell’Ornellaia

    Label: Sealed Case
    Caps: Sealed Case
    Level: Sealed Case
    Color: Sealed Case

    The 2002 is another eye-opening wine. The year is mostly remembered for its cool, wet summer and a number of dilute, uninteresting wines. Not here. The 2002 Masseto will go down as one of the handful of truly great wines made that year. I imagine in ten or twenty years it will be fascinating to taste alongside Miani’s Merlot, Soldera’s Brunello Riserva and Conterno’s Monfortino. There is no question the wine is in that league. Today the 2002 remains a baby, with tons of depth in its dark fruit. Hints of rose petal and spice develop in the glass, adding further complexity. There is plenty of structure underneath, suggesting the 2002 will be a very long-lived wine. Today, it is a knock-out.
    R.P. 95+

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    Cepparello – 2007 – Isole & Olena

    Label: Perfect
    Caps: Perfect
    Level: Perfect
    Color: Perfect

    The 2007 Cepparello comes across as rich, round and totally seductive in this tasting. Stylistically, it shares many attributes with the 1990 and 1997, although in my view it is more elegant than those wines. There is an immediacy about the 2007 that is highly appealing, and which will make the wine accessible relatively early. Layers of fruit build beautifully to an exciting crescendo of aromas and flavors. This is an undeniably sexy Cepparello.
    A.G. 96

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    Cepparello – 2004 – Isole &Olena

    Label: Perfect
    Caps: Perfect
    Level: Within the neck
    Color: Perfect

    The estate’s 2004 Cepparello (100% Sangiovese aged in French oak, 1/3 new) was made from minuscule yields of just 600 grams per plant and is even better than the 2003.
    It exhibits a livelier color, fresher aromatics and a nuanced personality, all the products of a more balanced growing season. It boasts layers of vibrant fruit intermingled with subtle mineral and licorice notes, showing outstanding length on the palate and fine, noble tannins. A wine of extraordinary elegance, it has been stunning on the two occasions I have tasted it so far. That said, readers who want to experience this wine’s full array of tertiary notes will have to give this wine time to mature in the bottle. It is highly recommended.
    A.G. 95

Tuscany is undoubtedly one of the most important Italian wine regions thanks to its famous internationally renowned labels. A real jewel of world enology, with an extraordinary variety of wines with different characteristics and a millenary history that is lost over the centuries.

The typical Tuscan landscape alone tells of the strong wine-growing vocation of the area: kilometers and kilometers of splendid rows that stretch over the hills of Chianti and the Etruscan Coast or immersed in postcard views of the Val d’Orcia and Val di Chiana.

It is a heritage of eleven denominations of controlled and guaranteed origin (DOCG), forty-one denominations of controlled origin (DOC) and six typical geographical indications (IGT).

We cannot talk about Tuscan enology – but not even world-wide – without thinking of Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Chianti Classico and Supertuscan, produced in the Bolgheri area.

The undisputed soul of the region’s red wines is Sangiovese, present in almost all DOC wines. A red grape of great quality and character, but not easy to cultivate, which gives very different results depending on the microclimate and the soil where it is grown.