The wine came from Tenuta Sette Cieli or “The Estate of Seven Skies” named for the view atop the tiny estate, perched up on a hill overlooking Bolgheri from nearly 1300 ft. Also in view from the estate is the original Sassacaia vineyard, the most famous Super Tuscan and the wine responsible for birthing an entire category around non-indigenous Italian varietals.
But Super Tuscan has become synonymous with $50+ price tags and Sassacaia, Tenuta San Guido’s Super Tuscan from the neighboring vineyard sells for more than $200 as soon as it’s released! I assumed that’s the convo we were about to have. When he told me the price though, I laughed. Frankly, I thought he was pulling my leg. But he wasn’t.
The 2018 Tenuta Sette Cieli “Yantra” is an absolute stunner crafted by a rising winemaking star in Elena Pozzolini. Drawn off the high-ground of Bolgheri from Bordeaux varietals just like Sassacaia, it’s also a steal at just $26 per bottle. Buy it now. Buy it by the case. Buy it by the pallet. I’m still afraid my importer friend had his decimal in the wrong place.
Berried up with juicy notes of black cherry, licorice, red fruits, spice, leather and coffee beans. The acidity is well integrated with a freshness and vibrancy that stands out from the first taste. The mouthfeel is smooth and silky, mirroring a wine with three times the price tag. A Tuesday Nighter at its best– great with any food, ready to drink now or age gracefully for a few years.