2006 Super Tuscan Star


Tenuta Sette Ponti

The estate of Sette Ponti lies in the heart of the Chianti zone, fifteen miles northwest of the city of Arezzo just past the village of San Giustino Valdarno. The Via del Monte, known locally as the Via dei Sette Ponti, leads into a beautiful hidden valley and to the estate. The name Sette Ponti, or “seven bridges,” refers to the seven bridges crossing the Arno River on the road from Arezzo to Florence. The first, the Ponte Buriano, is nearby. Erected in the mid 13th century, it took nearly forty years to build, and is perceptible in the right far background of Leonardo DaVinci’s Mona Lisa.

Previously the property of the Princesses Margherita and Cristina Savoia d’Aosta, the core of the Sette Ponti estate was purchased in 1957 as a hunting retreat by architect Alberto Moretti, and is now the family property of Antonio Moretti, his son. After graduating from Siena University with a degree in economics and banking, Antonio Moretti opened his first apparel store, a business which has since expanded to a chain of shops throughout Italy, and the acquisitions of Arfango, known for its fine leather goods, and Bonora and Carshoe, two brands of handmade shoes. Dr. Moretti’s focus on quality has continued with the vineyards of the estate.

Like many Tuscan estates, Sette Ponti is multi-faceted. The 750-acre property encompasses a stud farm for race horses; breeding of native Tuscan Chiana cattle, which furnish the superb bistecca alla fiorentina; a preserve for the Cinta Senese, a rare breed of wild pig; and fields of sunflowers and maize. Viticulture is not new to the estate, but winemaking is; the yield of the property’s vineyards was until 1997 sold to various respected Tuscan wine producers, among them Piero Antinori. Dr. Moretti’s enjoyment of wine led him to ask Antinori if the estate vineyards could produce great wines, and Antinori thought they could.
 After an excellent debut in 1999 and some very good wines in the difficult 2000 vintage, he then hit the jackpot in 2001 with his Oreno which is a blend of Cabernet, Merlot and Sangiovese.  The 2004 was another spectacular vintage and now the new release of the 2006 is sure to be the best yet.  I have very limited amounts of this wine, less than 1200 cases were made,  so act now!

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2006 Sette Ponti Oreno- 96pts WS

Shows loads of black licorice, blackberry and toasty oak. Full-bodied, with supersilky tannins and a long, long finish. Has wonderful concentration and balance. Structured. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sangiovese.

 $455.00 per six pack (that’s less than anywhere on the web)

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