Tenuta Argentiera - Villa Donoratico Bolgheri 2018
Tenuta Argentiera - Villa Donoratico Bolgheri 2018 (90/91 TSW)
I think this is a very nice wine and very well-priced - retailprice about € 23
And a wine which is very approacable already.
A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot.
Grapes are harvested manually and selected on the sorting table which are found at an altitude between 180 and 200 meters (590-600 feet). The grapes are released by gravity into tanks, each varietal vinified separately. Fermentation and maceration take place in stainless steel tanks for roughly 20-25 days at a controlled temperature never exceeding 28° C. The wine is then transferred to 225-liter barrels made of French oak where malolactic fermentation is completed. Aging for 12 months takes place in French oak barrels and then in bottle before being released to the market.
My tasting notes:
In the glass a deep garnet red color.
On the medium(+) nose aromas of dark berries, black currants and dark plums with hints of spices, smoke, rosemary, light leather, earth and cedar.
On the palate dry, full-bodied with medium(+) acidity and smooth and ripe tannins. Balanced and concentrated with flavours of cassis, blackberries, plums, balsamico, tobacco and eucalyptus in the medium(+) length finish. Very well done.
About the winery:
Of all the wineries in the Bolgheri DOC, Tenuta Argentiera, located on a small plateau in the extreme south and surrounded by a varied natural environment, is the closest to the sea. From the top of the vineyards you have a wonderful view over Baratti in the south to Castiglioncello in the north, complemented by the panorama of the archipelago of Elba, Gorgona, Capraia with Corsica in the background. In Etruscan times, the plateau of the estate was home to natural springs and silver mines - hence the name Argentiera (Italian: Argento/Silver).
With plants of extraordinary elegance and great suppleness, the still very young winery has acquired its reputation as one of the most prestigious addresses in the Bolgheri region within just a few years.