Poggio al Tesoro Sondraia 2011
|Region||Italy, Tuscany, Bolgheri|
|Brand||Poggio al Tesoro|
The Sondraia estate is owned by the (legendary) Allegrini family and much of its vineyards rest caddy-corner to those of the (also legendary) vineyards of Tenuta del Ornelaia.
Wine-maker Nicola Biasi carved the 2011 Sondraia from 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Franc. Intense ruby red, this wine has subtle hints of exotic spices and ripe red fruit on the nose. On the palate it is plush, warm and full, with persistent silky and ripe tannins in the finish.
Food pairings: Naturally suited to accompany char-grilled meats, it also goes well with kebabs, roasted veal, ribs, 'ossobuco', lamb shanks and pork. It is further enhanced when paired with smoked ricotta cheese, Parmigiano Reggiano and medium-matured goat's milk cheeses.
Made from 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, this opens with savory aromas of fennel, dark berry, bell pepper and cedar. The firm palate offers black currant, black cherry, clove and Mediterranean herbs. Assertive but fine-grained tannins add elegance.
Ripe blueberry, black currant and coffee notes signal this dense, structured red, which is lean and astringent in the end, with a bell pepper hint on the finish. Best from 2016 through 2023. 600 cases imported.