Awarded Tre Bicchieri -2020 by Gambero Rosso.
The 2015 vintage was awarded 95 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in an October 2018 tasting by Aldo Fiordelli at the Tre Bicchieri tasting in Rome. (see blue link below).
Poggio Al Tesoro Sondraia Bolgheri Superiore 2015 - October 2018 Decanter review
See blue link below for the excellent fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers at Poggio al Tesoro (also much repeated below).
Poggio Al Tesoro Sondraia Bolgheri Superiore 2016 - fiche technique
One of the most exciting estates to have emerged from Italy in recent years, Poggio al Tesoro is a 70 hectare property in Bolgheri acquired in 2002 by the Allegrini family. The first vineyard they bought, Le Sondraia, is next door to Ornellaia and was previously rented by them. It is 12 hectares in size and is planted with Merlot, Cabernet Franc and a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon.
Most of the Cabernet Sauvignon fruit for this blend was sourced from the three hectare Via Bolgherese vineyard situated at 56 metres above sea level. Composed of coarse red sand, the soils are rich in gravel, well drained and have a clay layer at a depth of 120 centimetres. The planting density is 9,000 vines per hectare. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and the remaining Cabernet Sauvignon was sourced from the 12 hectare Le Sondraia vineyard situated 35 metres above sea level. These soils are free draining, a mixture of clay and sandy silt, with high levels of magnesium and iron. With a density of 7,500 vines per hectare, the vines are cordon trained and spur pruned. The vines have an average age of 17 years.
Another vintage to remember, defined by many as one of the earliest on record in Bolgheri. After a rather mild winter, albeit with heavy rainfall, the spring months enjoyed regular rainfall that fostered uniform bud development. The summer months were dry and breezy with some rain showers in early September and the pre-harvest period saw wide variations in day-night temperatures which encouraged phenolic and aromatic ripening while maintaining acidity levels. The resulting grapes were harvested in perfect health. Vintage 2016 promises intriguing wines with marked varietal personality, good structure and great ageing potential.
65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc.
After destemming and soft pressing, fermentation took place in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks at 28-30°C for 12 days. The cap underwent frequent délestage (or rack-and-return), as well as punching down to extract good colour and ripe tannins. The wine was then aged in 50% new and 50% second-use French barriques for 18 months. It was released after nine months in bottle.
Sondraia has quickly become a classic in the Bolgheri area. Perfectly ripe grapes and painstaking work in the cellar yield a wine with intense notes of fresh fruit and herbs which follow through on the palate, where the wine opens up with great class and silky smoothness.
ABV = 15.0%.