2020 Sette Ponti Crognolo Proprietary Red Wine

Proprietary Blend - 750ML
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REVIEWS

JS 93 WE 93 DC 91 JA 90 WS 90
JS 93

jamessuckling.com, June 2022

A soft and caressing red with a full body and plush, finely woven tannins. Plenty of dark cherry, mulberry, chocolate and some bark. Citrus zest and dried flowers, too. Lightly chewy at the end. 95% sangiovese and 5%...
WE 93

Wine Enthusiast, March 2024

Black cherries, blackberries, earth, dark chocolate and a hint of orange peel and anise on the nose open onto a lush and indulgent palate, but with pepper and an almost bracing fresh mintinness at the back that creates...
DC 91

Decanter, July 2022

New to the Place de Bordeaux this year, the second wine to the flagship Oreno. This is darkly scented with a floral-touched nose, blackcurrants, violet potpourri and liquorice. So juicy and seductive on the palate, this...
JA 90

janeanson.com, June 2022

The Moretti Cuseri family are the owners of Crognolo, drawn from the 60ha Tenuta Sette Ponti, releasing for the first time through the Bordeaux system this September. Unfussy and enjoyable, with a powerful depth of red...
WS 90

Wine Spectator, October 2022

A firm red, featuring cherry and blackberry flavors, with mineral and tobacco accents. Shows depth and balance, with a solid layer of tannins lining the finish. Sangiovese and Merlot. Drink now through 2025. - BS

WINE DETAILS

Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Vintage 2020
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14.5%
Closure Cork

Tenuta Sette Ponti sits in the land of Sangiovese and Chianti, not far from the historic town of Arezzo. The estate received its name from Antonio F. Moretti, who wanted to pay homage to the so-called Road Sette Ponti (Seven Bridges), which connects the banks of the River Arno between Florence and Arezzo.

Tenuta Sette Ponti holds 330 hectares of land, of which more than 50 are planted with vineyards—tended entirely without mechanization. Included are Sangiovese, but also some great "internationals", such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, and a small selection of other varieties. The soil composition has a heterogeneous structure, well combined between clay, sand, limestone, and typical Chianti stone Galestro.

The grapes undergo a “one by one” manual selection when they arrive in the cellars. An open vat fermentation is preferred along with a gentle pressing to get the best aroma from the grapes without bitterness or excessive drying.

Crognolo, the first label produced at Tenuta Sette Ponti, is an elegant wine named after a wild bush, Cornus, that grows abundantly on the estate. It is made predominantly from Sangiovese, a traditional Tuscan variety that produces elegant and age-worthy wines, with a small amount of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Crognolo unites the class of Sangiovese with the complexity bestowed by oak aging.

Intense ruby red color leads to a full bouquet of ripe cherry and berries, well blended with spicy notes that give class and complexity. It is full bodied, well balanced and vibrant on the palate, and has well rounded tannins and depth.

The 2020 Sette Ponti Crognolo Proprietary Red Wine is a proprietary blend predominantly composed of 95% Sangiovese and 5% Merlot. This Italian red hails from Tuscany, a region renowned for producing some of the world’s finest wines. With an alcohol content of 14.5% and a classic cork closure, this wine promises an engaging tasting experience.

James Suckling awarded this wine a commendable score of 93 points, praising its "soft and caressing" texture and "full body" with "plush, finely woven tannins." He highlighted the presence of "dark cherry, mulberry, chocolate," and "some bark," along with notes of "citrus zest and dried flowers." He recommended patience, suggesting to "try in 2025" for an optimal tasting experience.

Jane Anson from janeanson.com gave the wine a 90-point rating, describing it as "unfussy and enjoyable" with a "powerful depth of red cherry fruit and savoury spice on the attack." She noted that it "softens fairly quickly in the glass" and mentioned its aging process in a mix of French oak barrels and larger oak casks. Anson also provided a technical detail with a pH level of 3.45.

Wine Spectator's review, also scoring the wine 90 points, described it as a "firm red" featuring "cherry and blackberry flavors, with mineral and tobacco accents." They emphasized its depth and balance, with a "solid layer of tannins lining the finish," recommending it for drinking now through 2025.

Decanter echoed the wine's appeal with a 91-point rating, noting its "darkly scented" profile with "blackcurrants, violet potpourri and liquorice." They found it "juicy and seductive on the palate," highlighting its "nicely structured and round" character with a "minty aftertaste giving some minerality."

Wine Enthusiast's Danielle Callegari also awarded the wine 93 points, describing its nose of "black cherries, blackberries, earth, dark chocolate and a hint of orange peel and anise." The palate was noted as "lush and indulgent" with "pepper and an almost bracing fresh mintiness" that adds "balance and tension." She described the tannins as "round but dense and chewy—very satisfying."

In summary, the 2020 Sette Ponti Crognolo Proprietary Red Wine is well-regarded across the board, with reviewers noting its depth, balance, and engaging array of flavors. This wine promises a satisfying experience for those who appreciate a well-crafted Tuscan red.