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September 29, 2016

Tenuta Sette Ponte Oreno 2013

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James Suckling’s 2013 Tuscan report has become highly regarded and capable of raising market prices quickly, as demonstrated last year. This year, the report is more significant due to the fact that the 2013 vintage will potentially surpass the mighty 2010 and 2007. The exceptional conditions in 2013 have resulted in several wines receiving their highest ever scores. One which has been causing waves over the last five years is the magnificent Oreno by Sette Ponti. In 2013 it has been awarded 97 points, besting the 96 it received in 2010. We are delighted to be able to offer it today at the splendid price of £195 per case of six bottles! The 2012 which was also awarded 97 points has already moved to £250 per case of six, the 2013 is even better.Oreno is a Super-Tuscan through and through, this wine punches well above its weight in terms of quality and is hugely appealing compared to its peers on price as demonstrated by the table below. Akin to the wines below (with the acceptation of Tignanello) Oreno is a Bordeaux Blend, assembled with 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot. It combines immensity and power with poise, structure and polish. It is matured in French oak barrels and aged in bottle for a year before release, aligning it with Tignanello, Sassicaia and Ornellaia in style and quality, but at a fraction of the price.

Wine Vintage JS Price 6x75cl
Oreno 2013 97 £195
Tignanello 2013 97 £290
Guado al Tasso 2013 97 £300
Sassicaia 2013 98 £535
Ornellaia 2013 98 £540
Solaia 2013 97 £720

Tenuta Sette Ponti lies hidden in a valley in the Arezzo province of the Chianti Classico region of Tuscany, at the end of Via del Monte – known locally as Via dei Sette Ponti. The winery and road are named after the seven medieval bridges which cross the Arno river on the road from Arezzo to Florence, the same landscape used as the backdrop for the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci, which features the Ponte Buriano.

Previously owned by the Princesses Margherita and Cristina Savoia d’Aosta, the central vineyards were bought by the architect Alberto Moretti in 1957 as a hunting retreat. Today, it is owned and operated by his son, Antonio Moretti, the luxury goods entrepreneur. The first vintage was produced in 1998 alongside a team of gifted oenologists, including Gilbert Bouvet and Dr. Benedetto d’Anna. Since this time, Sette Ponti has risen to be regarded amongst the highest echelon of Super Tuscans.

Oreno is the cantina’s flagship wine, named after a small river running through the estate, and has gained reputation as a cult wine by discerning consumers. The winner of a host of national and international awards, the Oreno has been included in Wine Spectator’s Top 100 four times, reaching 5th place in 2003. The acclaimed 2013 vintage has allowed the wine to blossom once again, placing it at #38 of his top wines of 2015. It is a joy to drink now and it would be a superb addition to any cellar.

97 Points, James Suckling
A wine with terrific texture and balance. Very polished tannins that are etheral and harmonious. Full-bodied, yet fresh, this is about combining elegance with power. It’s so Latour in style. Excellent depth. Better in 2017, but so fine now. Blend of cabernet sauvigon, merlot and petit verdot. 

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