Very inky wine on the sight. Cherry, leather and spice on the nose. Red fruit up front, some chocolate and vanilla as well, white pepper too. Very good structure, firm tannings, prolonged finish. It all comes together in a very powerful yet elegant way.
100% Syrah from Tuscany fermented in wooden vats then aged for 20 months in mixed oak. — 9 days ago
We recently pulled some cases out of storage, which haven't seen the light of day for nearly 15 years, so I'll have some fun posts in the next several months.
Nose has dusty blackberry, tanned leather, ripe plum, black tea, dark chocolate chips, spring violets, grape Jolly Rancher candy; a total beast on the nose still after all these years!
Palate has ripe blackberry, over-ripe plum, dried orange peel, cocoa powder, ground coffee, dried cherry; massive tannins with a tremendously long finish.
Wow, we feel like this bottle is only 5-6 years old, so fresh in the glass at about 21 years past vintage. This needs at least another 10+ years of relaxing. We have a bunch of Brunello, and I'm constantly confirming they mostly need ~30 years. The Vince Wilfork of wines tonight, immovable force. Decanted 4 hours, paired with long braised lamb shanks over Parmesan polenta, perfect pairing, should try this again in 2030...
24 Hour Update: Nose is a mix of black fruits and a light olive tapenade. Palate is a gentle giant, tannins mostly resolved, ripe plum, shaved dark chocolate and dried orange peel. Just a beautiful wine tonight, it likely won't see tomorrow. — 4 days ago
Nice bottle. Flavorful. No after bite. — 21 days ago
A fabulously casual wine. Unassuming in price but delightful on the palate. Is it the NPR of wine—free but well-bred and a smidge eclectic? I’m struggling for a metaphors guys. Quite juicy but herbal. And spicy. And purpley. With plums. With gently grabby tannin times. And a bit of tang backing the big fruit. Thoroughly an overdeliverer. — 10 days ago
From a tour the girls took last February in Tuscany. This wine totally blew me away. If tasted blind I may not have guessed it Italian but as it opened up beautifully the lineage shone through. Plush. Sangiovese at its finest! Wish they brought back more than one bottle 🤷♂️ — 15 days ago
A blend of 70% Sangiovese, 20% Cab Sauv and 10% Merlot, fermented in oak and then spends 12 months aging in neutral oak, dark Ruby with aromas of berry fruit, sweet spice with an earthy tone. On the palate flavors of zesty raspberry and black cherry with cacao and some cinnamon notes. Firm tannins, a bit grippy at start, long finish, good balance and mouthfeel, ending with fruit and earthy mineral character. Nice!! — a month ago
Some IGT wine to pair with red meat sauce (Sunday Gravy) on Penne from Lilian’s Kitchen for my birthday entree.
The 2011 Oreno is a blend of; Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot.
The nose as I poured it from the decanter had bright, brilliant, blue & purple florals. Ripe, lush & ruby; blackberries, blackberries, dark cherries, black plum, poached/baked strawberries, boysenberries & blueberry notes. Incense, savory meats, dark, fruit cola, anise to black licorice, dark spice, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, limestone, dark, rich, black earth, dry crushed rocks, soft dry herbs, saddle-wood, not quite dry tobacco, leather, hints of graphite with dark, red, blue, purple flowers laid in lavender.
The body is, rich, round & just hits full. Still a shade early on opening. Needs another 3 years in bottle. The tannins are nicely round but, still show chewy tarriness...45-50% resolved. The tension, structure, length and balance are just hitting their groove. Ripe, lush, ruby & floral fruits of; blackberries, blackberries, dark cherries, black plum, poached/baked strawberries, boysenberries, raspberries as it opens (1-2 hours) & blueberry notes. Incense, savory meats, dark, fruit cola, anise to black licorice, dark spice with just touch heat, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon & hints of vanillin, limestone, just moist clay & top soil, dark, rich, black earth, dry crushed rocks, soft dry herbs, saddle-wood, not quite dry tobacco, dry underbrush, leather, hints of graphite with dark, red, blue, purple flowers laid in lavender. The acidity is round just about right. The delicious ruby fruit finish is, nicely polished, well balanced, a little flatter than I like and fall into gentle spice & round, slightly tarry & dusty tannins as it takes hold on the long set.
Photos of; Tenuta Sette Ponti, Merlot fruit nearly ready to be harvested, Owner- Antonio Moretti, who took over the estate from his father in the late 1990's. As well, was charged with fraud a few years back but, believe he survived those charges & Tenuta Sette Ponti vines. — 15 days ago