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Date Printed: 7/13/2014
Tenuta Sette Ponti Crognolo 2002
Tenuta Sette Ponti Crognolo 2002
(search item no. 76012)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/13/2014: $25.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 James Suckling rating: 95 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2007 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"Rich and complex aromas of ripe fruit, spices and black licorice. Full-bodied and silky, with beautiful fruit and a long, long finish. Refined and well made. Sette Ponti does it again. Best after 2002."
-Wine Spectator

Tenuta Sette Ponti's first release was the 1998 vintage Crognolo, named after a wild bush, Cornus, which grows on the estate. The blend of Sangiovese and Merlot from vines of an average age of 25 to 35 years yields a refined, elegantly stylish wine of fruit forward lushness. The wine's dense color suggests a concentration confirmed on the palate along with sweet ripe flavors of wild cherries, black fruit, leather and vanilla also evident in the aromas. The wine is firmly structured yet elegant, with good tannic support and well-integrated oak notes, leaving an overall impression of harmony, balance and length.

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About Tenuta Setti 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. 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.

Tenuta Sette Ponti, is, like many Tuscan estates, multi-faceted. The 750-acre property supports livestock and mixed agriculture, and although viticulture is not new to the estate, 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. The estate has since been transformed through the consultation of respected oenologist Carlo Ferrini and his assistant, Gioia Cresti; Gilbert Bouvet, one of France's most skilled viticulturalists; and agronomist Benedetto d'Anna.