2016 Poggio al Tesoro Sondraia, Bolgheri Superiore, Tuscana, Italy
Poggio al Tesoro is Allegrini’s entry into the Bolgheri region. Yes, the famous Amarone producer from the Veneto tries its hand with Bordeaux varietals instead of its beloved Corvina. A very ambitious master plan and investment beginning in 2003 when Allegrini planted a combined 173 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The legendary Tuscan consultant Lucca d’Attoma has been hired to oversee viticulture and winemaking.
Tesoro’s signature wine the 2016 Poggio al Tesoro Sondraia is a proprietary blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc – 18 months in 225 litre French oak barriques from Allier (50% new, 50% second use). An utter bargain when compared to its peers in the neighborhood.
“The winemaking team at Poggio al Tesoro has created a beautiful 2016 Bolgheri Superiore Sondraia, fully aware of the potential and profound elegance of this classic vintage. They have been able to harness that quality and express it in terms of the broad and far-reaching intensity of the bouquet. The wine peels back to reveal layer after layer of dark fruit, oak spice, chocolate and sweet tobacco. The wine shows a big personality today, but it is only a teenager. It should be fascinating to watch its future evolution over the next ten years.” – 95 points, Wine Advocate (ML)
“This is a beauty with notes of dried meat, dried plums, vanilla and eucalyptus. Full-bodied and very structured on the palate, thanks to muscular tannins. But it’s the acidity that really drives this and keeps you coming back for more and more. A long yet polished finish. A blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc. Drink from 2023.” – 95 points, James Suckling
“Black currant, black cherry, raspberry, iron and toasty vanilla aromas and flavors mark this elegant, firmly structured red. Balanced and long, with ripe fruit offsetting the dense tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2020 through 2032. 300 cases imported.” – 94 points, Wine Spectator — BS
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