2006 Campo Alla Sughera Arnione
tobacco, raspberry, cassis, violet, pepper, green bean, currant, blackberry, cherry, bell pepper, olive, asparagus, spice, ginger, oak, vanilla, black cherry, plum, smoke, toast, tar, lead, cedar, molasses and dark fruit
tobacco, broccoli, berry, flower, currant, blackberry, cherry, cedar, cigar box, violet, rose, truffle, earth, coffee, leather, mocha and vanilla
"Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot. Arnione is an ovoid of alabaster found at the heart of high-quality gypsum, and the name alludes to the art of alabaster carving for which their area of Tuscany is renowned. Fermented and macerated in steel tanks, malo in barrels, aged in new French oak for 18 months, then in bottle for 12 months."
"Blackish ruby. A faint whiff of cedar but quite closed on the nose at the moment. Intense red fruit: fresh and sharp yet with layers of baked fruit underneath. Some tea-leaf notes, sage leaf and fennel seeds. The fruit is sweet but the finish is dry and interesting. Charred edges. Supple but purposeful tannins. Modern and classy. Drink 2010 to 2015. (TC)" 16.5 out of 20 points, Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages (12/10)
"ARNIONE is the Italian word for a kidney-shaped lump of alabaster, the heart of top-quality, valuable gypsum. It alludes to the art of carving alabaster, for which this part of Tuscany is renowned." -Winery
This was also rated 87 points by the Wine Advocate.