2016 Tenuta Argentiera Bolgheri Rosso Villa Donoratico

Year: 2016
Appellation: Bolgheri
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 91
Wine Advocate: 92
James Suckling: 95
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
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"Beefy and dense, this red delivers plum, black cherry, sweet spice and graphite flavors on a base of dusty tannins. A bit chunky and ends on the tannic side, yet there is a lot to like here. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2021 through 2035. 10,000 cases made, 3,000 cases imported. -BS" (WS)

"Another 40/30/20/10 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot, the 2016 Bolgheri Rosso Villa Donoratico is a sophisticated wine that is full-bodied, with dark concentration and thickness. It has a nice fullness to it, with big, dark fruit. The Villa Donoratico plays its best cards in the mouth, as its texture is very rich and seductive. There is a touch of richness on the tannins, which still need to relax. You also get snap or crunchiness on close.

A Dream Team is in the works. Tenuta Argentiera has made the excellent decision to bring in Leonardo Raspini as general manager of the estate (beginning in April 2019). Raspini worked for Ornellaia for 14 years and helped to shape much of the identity of the Bolgheri appellation. He joins Argentiera’s owner Stanislaus Turnauer and the estate CEO Federico Zileri Dal Verme." (WA)

"The nose provides a beautiful balance between freshness with crushed violets and lavender and deeper elements of blackcurrants, licorice and elderberries. Tea leaves and charcoal, too. Full body, really refined and structured tannins and a long finish. Drink in 2021." (JS)

Winery Notes:
A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Petit Verdot, its Bordeaux meets Tuscany for a fancy vacation in Bolgheri! Dark cherry and black raspberry intertwine with dried violets and cedar on the nose. A rich complex palate follows, with more spiced dark berries, a firm core of tannins, and a long seamless finish that seems to last for minutes. There’s no doubt this is a big wine, but there’s a sense of sophistication too, even in its youth. Pairings? Bistecca alla Florentina please! Or go veggie, I was lucky to have this with Liz’s mushroom lasagna which was off the charts! Load up on this Tuscan gem. Drink some now, but tuck a few away for a couple more years too, you can expect it to age gracefully for at least another 4-5 years.