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Poggio al Tesoro Sondraia 2012

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After just a few vintages Sondraia has become a classic in the Bolgheri area, thanks to a style that seeks a powerful profile but with harmony and finesse. Perfectly ripe grapes and painstaking work in the cellar yield a wine with intense notes of fresh fruit and herbs which follow through on the palate, where the wine opens up with great class and silky smoothness. A natural match with char-grilled meats, particularly beef, Sondraia is also recommended with kebabs, roasted veal, pork, lamb shank, ribs or 'ossobuco'. It is enhanced when paired with smoked ricotta cheese, Parmigiano Reggiano and medium-matured sheep's milk cheeses.
Category Red Wine
Varietals
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Appellation Bolgheri
Brand Poggio al Tesoro
Alcohol/vol 14.09%
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Wine AdvocateThe 2012 Bolgheri Superiore Sondraia shows lots of tangy herbal character (the Cabernet elements really come through) with generous ripe cherry fruit and oak spice at the back to balance it out. Sondraia's first year as a Bolgheri Superiore is 2009. The finish is very soft and luscious and the tannins are integrated. The blend used here is Cabernets Sauvignon and Franc with a quarter part Merlot.

Monica Larner, October 2015
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Wine SpectatorThis offers a mix of black currant, violet, thyme, wild rosemary and juniper flavors, backed by firm, mouthcoating tannins. The length of this youthful, raw red indicates its potential, accented by refined oak spice details. Best from 2017 through 2027. 600 cases imported.

Bruce Sanderson, October 31, 2015