This is one of those cool little wines that comes off as more expensive than it actually is. The package is clean and elegant, the wine clearly polished and well made. This estate is in Bolgheri, pretty much the big time address for the Bordeaux-varietal-based “Super Tuscans”. Winemaker Nicola Scottini makes an elite cuvee to compete with the likes of Ornellaia, Sassicaia, and the like called Sor Ugo. But we have found more excitement in the Lagone bottlings which have been nearly as compelling as the top cuvee on occasion and are screaming buys at this kind of price. The 2009 is a typical plush mouthful that’s 60% Merlot with the balance made up of Cabernet and Cab Franc. One year in barrel and six months in bottle, this has what the Aussies call a ‘slippery’ texture to the wild berry/black cherry fruit. This price doesn’t usually get you a classy wine of this caliber. Stock Report 7/12
From International Wine Cellar: "(60% merlot, 30% cabernet sauvignon and 10% cabernet franc; 15% alcohol): Medium-deep red. Lovely violet lift to the aromas of strawberry, sweet brown spices and tobacco; comes across as much fresher than the 2010. Suave, smooth and aromatic in the mouth, with flavors of redcurrant, plum and licorice joined by a hint of cinnamon on the back. The broad, dusty tannins are sweeter than those of the 2010, giving the wine's fruit a chance to linger."