Named after the famous Roman military general who defeated Hannibal in the second Punic War. 100% Cabernet Franc, made in the best vintages. The 2017 came second only to Masseto (£600+ a bottle) and tied with Sassicaia (£240 a bottle) in a Decanter tasting of wines from the vintage in late 2020. It's a stunner. Complex spice and floral notes, dusty cherries and plums with some savoury character and green bell pepper, and grippy tannins encompassing a velvety core.
Sette Cieli arrived on the Tuscan scene a few years after the boundary lines of the Bolgheri appellation had been drawn. At the time the boundary was set, no one thought someone would plant above the woods on the next hillside over from Sassicaia, but actually above Gaja's Bolgheri property, Ca' Marcanda. But they did. Originally intended as a place to breed horses and a family retreat. Wine-loving friends came to visit and pointed out Sassicaia’s original vineyard, under the castle, that you see when you look over your right shoulder, and then a bit to the left of that, the Masseto vineyard. So they started to plant vines in 2000, and since 2012, the young Ambrogio Cremona Ratti who inherited the domain has been at the helm. He brought in winemaker Elena Pozzolini who came back to the area after several years of international experience in Argentina and California, and they share some of the viticultural team of Ornellaia. As Matthew Jukes says "this estate is a superstar in the making."
FROM THE PRESS
“Heady, heady, lavender and violet perfume. Exquisite grace tucked into fierce intensity. Mithril forged into Valyrian steel. Tastes like a tumult of wild, wild mountain flowers tumbling down vertical slopes into a rocky abyss. Tastes like iron and rocks, like lilies carved into black marble, like ancient soot on ancient rocks, like night sky. When I tasted it again after it had been open for nearly two weeks, it was still stunningly beautiful, showing even more complexity, and the fruit even richer and more fiercely glossy. Drink 2025-2035”Tamlyn Currin, Jancisrobinson.com
“Tenuta Sette Cieli is one of the highest estates of the region. 2017 has produced possibly the best 100% Cabernet Franc this estate has made. Aged for 24 months in oak, it will be released next year. Often too fruit-forward in style, the 2017 shows the best complexity ever with clove and toasted, almost gianduia notes with some restrained cassis. It's dark and vibrant on the palate, with perfect ripeness of tannins and an amazingly refreshing finish. 96 Points. Drink 2020 - 2040.”Aldo Fiorelli, Consorzio Bolgheri tasting 2020