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  • Poggio al Tesoro Dedicato a Walter 2016

    £139.99

    “Poggio al Tesoro’s 2016 Dedicato a Walter, 100% Cabernet Franc, exudes richness and power in all of its dimensions. Blackberry jam, chocolate, lavender, licorice and menthol all flesh out in an ample, potent wine that shows all the potential of Franc in Tuscany’s Maremma. I would give the 2016 another year or so in bottle, as the tannins are a bit imposing at this stage. Drinking window: 2022-2031. 95+ points

    This is another strong set of wines from Poggio al Tesoro, an estate that has really turned a corner in the last few years. Sondraia and the pure Cabernet Franc Dedicato a Walter are the flagship wines, but I find the entry-level offerings every bit as compelling.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (01/21)

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  • Poggio al Tesoro Pagus Camilla Vermentino 2017

    £49.99

    “The 2017 Vermentino Solosole Pagus Camilla, is a dense, powerful white – qualities that are accentuated by the warm, dry year. Rich and creamy in the glass, the Pagus Camilla shows the more extroverted side of Vermentino off to great effect. It is a terrific effort for a year that was not easy for whites. Drinking window: 2020-2025. 91 points

    These are the most impressive wines I have tasted from Poggio al Tesoro in some time. To be sure, the estate went through a rough patch a few years ago. If these new releases are any indication, that’s all in the past. Proprietor Marilisa Allegrini and consulting winemaker Luca D’Attoma make a formidable team here. These wines are archetypes for what Bolgheri is all about.”

    Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (03/20)

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  • Poggio al Tesoro Sondraia 2017

    £49.99

    “The 2017 Sondraia is a rich, ample wine. Succulent black cherry, plum, mocha, licorice and spice all build as this creamy, bold Bolgheri red shows off its considerable charms. A whole range of floral and savory top notes from the Cabernets adds aromatic presence as well as notable complexity. 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc. Drinking window: 2022-2032. 93 points

    This is another strong set of wines from Poggio al Tesoro, an estate that has really turned a corner in the last few years. Sondraia and the pure Cabernet Franc Dedicato a Walter are the flagship wines, but I find the entry-level offerings every bit as compelling.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (01/21)

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  • Tenuta dell’Ornellaia 2011 (1500ml)

    £269.95

    “Another dark, intense wine, the 2011 Ornellaia boasts superb depth, richness and power. Here, too, the 2011 has tightened up quite a bit over the last six months. Today, the searing tannins are quite prominent, giving the 2011 an element of gravitas and muscle that argues for cellaring. How long? I am not sure, but the 2011 is built for the long haul. Savory herbs, new leather, menthol and cloves resonate on the huge finish. Drink: 2017-2033. 97 points

    Ornellaia’s 2011s and 2012s are both highly expressive of their respective vintages. I remember stopping by Ornellaia in mid-August 2011, just as the harvest at Masseto was about to get started. It was very hot and dry, even for Bolgheri. Not surprisingly, those qualities show up in the wines. In challenging years Ornellaia can be more complete than Masseto because winemaker Axel Heinz can react to the vintage by optimizing the final blend. That is very much the case in 2011. When it comes to Masseto, however, the potential and limits of Merlot are on full display. The 2012s benefit from cooler growing season, especially in the summer months, where there were greater diurnal shifts. Readers looking for an attractive, mid-tier alternative to Tuscany’s heavy hitters should check out Le Serre di Ornellaia, which has been particularly strong in recent years.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (09/14)

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