James Suckling 96
“Love the complexity to this with lots of rosemary and lavender that complement the currant and violet character. Full-bodied, yet extremely polished and tight on the palate. The tannins are ever so fine. Extremely long and beautiful.”
by James Suckling, JS, 2019.
Wine Advocate 97
“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.”
by Wine Advocate, ML, 2019.
Wine Enthusiast 90
“A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, this offers aromas of ripe dark berry, bell pepper and cedar. The full-bodied palate delivers blackberry jam, star anise and roasted coffee bean alongside velvety tannins.”
by Wine Enthusiast, KO, 2019.
Wine Spectator 93
“Rich, with black currant, plum, loamy earth, vanilla and toasty oak spice aromas and flavors, backed by a spine of dense tannins and vibrant acidity, lingering with ample fruit, herb and spice notes. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc.”
by Wine Spectator, BS, 2019.
The Argentiera DOC Bolgheri Superiore, draws its strength and uniqueness from the magnificent territory in which it’s generated. The grapes come from the estate’s best vineyards of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. It is a wine with a rich and silky taste. A long maturation in French oak barrels, the structure of Cabernet Sauvignon and the unique terroir of Tenuta Argentiera make this wine on of the greatest expressions in the Bolgheri area.
Grapes are hand-picked and carefully selected from the estate’s best vineyards, 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 25-30 days at a controlled temperature never exceeding 28/30° C. The wine is then transferred to 225-liter French oak barrels – half of which are new – to complete malolactic fermentation. Aging takes place over 18 months in barrel, followed by another 12 months in bottle before being released to the market.
A rather mild winter, with sufficient rains. Budbreak came early, and springtime was characterized by humidity. With the arrival of summer - warm, bright, and particularly dry - the growing period was slowed, favoring a thickening of the skins around the grapes, an accumulation of tannins and a rapid maturation of the seeds. In the Bolgheri area, the warm, dry temperatures extended through September, with a period of abundant rain that helped the Merlot and Cabernet Franc from the highest vineyards to produce grapes with an exalted richness and maturity. Today, the 2016 vintage - particularly dense and balanced - enters into the echelons of the decade’s greatest vintages, along with 2010, 2012 and 2015.
Tenuta Argentiera stands in a magnificent patch of land in the Maremma that blends countryside and sea, suspended between woods and Mediterranean scrub. The Argentiera estate covers 75 hectares of breathtakingly beautiful Tuscan coast, approximately 100 km southwest of Florence. In the prestigious DOC of Bolgheri, Argentiera is the estate closest to the sea and also highest in altitude, making the land and microclimate especially well-suited to growing incredible red grapes. The estate is considered among the most beautiful in Italy, with its spectacular view of the islands of the Tuscan archipelago.
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