We are all familiar with the top 'Super Tuscans' from Bolgheri... Sassicaia, Ornellaia & Guado Al Tasso, however until Friday of last week the Grand Vin tasting team hadn't had the pleasure of drinking the flagship wine from Tenuta Argentiera. The 2016 'Bolgheri Superiore Argentiera', a Bordeaux blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, absolutely blew us away with it's depth, balance and polished tannins.
It showed the classic Cabernet aromas combined with stunning minerality and a finish that lasted for over a minute! It had all the class and sophistication of the very best wines in Bolgheri and it has everything in place to age well for at least 20 years. The great thing for the consumer is that it is available at a fraction of the price of it's more well-known neighbours! Given the quality, we are sure it won't stay that way for long....
Tenuta Argentiera recently appointed Leonardo Raspini as general manager of the estate, who previously worked at Ornellaia for 14 years and helped to shape much of the identity of the Bolgheri appellation.
This is an estate that is definitely heading places and the 2016 really deserves a place in your cellar!
The 2016 Bolgheri Superiore Argentiera is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, and the Cabernet Sauvignon logically feels and tastes most prominent. This is a dark and penetrating Tuscan red that is beautifully elevated, thanks to the extremely elegant and buoyant quality of the aromas. They lift gracefully from the glass with light-footed, almost fleeting character. However, don't underestimate the power and the concentration of the wine, because this vintage delivers both with abundance. I've had my eye on this estate since the vineyards were first planted some 20 years ago, and there is no doubt that this vintage brings Tenuta Argentiera into a new era as a Bolgheri protagonist.
97pt, Monica Larner, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate