It’s got a core that is slightly firmer, there is more backbone, and less sweetness than Sassicaia and the other Bolgheri wines, being the product of this higher altitude vineyard. It is both refreshing and savoury while being deep and concentrated. There is something a little impenetrable on the very first taste, but after a few sips and being open a while, it begins to reveal its complexity. It’s a real expression of terroir, which is not overtaken by any over-ripeness or over-oaking. I adore it, and have enjoyed drinking it lately, trying it alongside some very good Italian Cabernet-based wines, where it sits very comfortably. This is a serious bottle of wine. It is a blend of Cabernet and Merlot with Malbec. The Malbec component gives it a lovely dry, savoury edge. It is veryBordeaux-like, if you were to compare it to anything not from Italy – it would perhaps be a cross between Graves, Margaux and Pauillac.
This is becoming not just a top Tuscan wine but an Italian first growth, but still really is a wine for those in the know. A Bordeaux blend of Malbec, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The pedigree is there in the vineyard. From the next hillside over, you can see Sassicaia’s legendary first vineyard, and Ornellaia, where they make Massetto. Tenuta Sette Cieli also sits above the famous vineyard Ca’Marcanda of Angelo Gaja!. But the best thing is the price remains sane as it’s not actually in the Bolgheri appellation, as no one thought when they drew the Bolgheri boundary that someone would be crazy enough plant above the woods, that are above Gaja’s vineyard. But they have!