Estate: Tenuta Sette Ponti lies on ancient and historic land in the heart of the Chianti region at the end of the Via del Monte, known locally as the Via dei Sette Ponti. The estate is named for the seven medieval bridges crossing the Arno River on the road from Arezzo to Florence. The property belonged to Princesses Margherita and Cristina Savoia d’Aosta, and was purchased in 1957 as a hunting retreat by architect Alberto Moretti. His son, “luxury goods entrepreneur” Antonio Moretti 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”. Consisting of 150 acres total, vineyards are at an altitude of 200 to 300 metres [600 to 900 feet].
Winemaking: Minimalist and sustainable methods are used in the vineyards. Grapes are hand harvested from vines in clay, sand and Tuscany’s unique stony galestro limestone soils. Fermented in a combination of temperature controlled and lined open-top tanks. Aged in French Allier barriques for 10-14 months, and 5-6 months in the bottle. ‘Crognolo’ is named after a wild bush that grows on the estate, its first vintage was 1998.
Harvest Note from the Winery: 2015 has shown to be a very good vintage. After a mild and rainy winter, the vegetative start was in the second week of April with the arrival of spring and higher temperatures. The spring rains helped a lot the vegetation and ensured the water supply for the following summer. In June and mid-July temperatures were above the seasonal average, but by the end of July the temperatures lowered, returning to the average thanks to long rainy days, which was really good for the vines. The grapes were of an excellent quality. The wonderful structure and the elegant, soft tannins are the main elements of this vintage.
Tasting Notes: Inky red-violet in colour with aromas of dark berries, spice, anise and a wisp of smoky cedar. Plush, silky layers of blackberry, cherry, fig, plum and tobacco envelop a spicy core, integrating with firm tannins and fresh acidity. Spiced oak, dark fruit, chocolate and earth linger extensively between each sip. Well balanced and suave, each glass will empty rather swiftly.
Pairing Suggestions from Giovanna Moretti: Delicious with full-flavored meats, game and roasts. Specifically, she serves it with traditional tortellini en brodo (soup), turkey stuffed with chestnuts, and boiled cotechino or zampone meats served with a green sauce and mustard fruit. She suggests opening the wine approximately an hour before eating and serve the wine slightly under room temperature [62-63 F, 16-17 C].
Bottled by Tenuta Sette Ponte
$26 [average price]
Enjoy now thru 2022
Rated 90 points by Wine Spectator
Sample submitted for editorial consideration.