Wednesday, 12 March 2008

Tenuta Sette Ponti 'Crognolo' 2004

Tenuta Sette Ponti 'Crognolo' 2004 IGT Toscana
Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy, cork seal

This was the final bottle from Christmas in Tuscany. Purchased from Enoteca Scali in Volterra it comes from the Tenuta Sette Ponti estate in the heart of the Chianti region. The Crognolo release is made from 90% Sangiovese with 10% Merlot and only has IGT status (or perhaps 'Super Tuscan' depending on how you look at things). It apparently named after the Cornus or Dogwood bushes that grow across the estate.

Tenuta Sette Ponti 'Crognolo' 2004 is a dark inky black colour. The nose is rich with initial funky aromas of dirty socks and meaty game. It settled down a little but still had strong smells of meat, blackberries and the dominating truffles; it really does smell like a big truffle infused Tuscan salami. The palate is delicious with flavours of Christmas pudding spices, violets, aniseed and dried cranberries. It's smooth and balanced with chewy tannins and a touch of acidity. Over Christmas we made several jokes about the 'truffle pig', but I reckon I finally found one stuffed inside this bottle. It's a fantastic wine that offers a lot of flavour and a lot of pleasure; an absolute cracker. Visit winery website.

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