2018 Scipio, Tenuta Sette Cieli, Tuscany, Italy

2018 Scipio, Tenuta Sette Cieli, Tuscany, Italy

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2018 Scipio, Tenuta Sette Cieli, Tuscany, Italy

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The 2018 Scipio (Cabernet Franc) is wonderfully energetic and perfumed. Crushed flowers, mocha, tobacco, cedar and worn-in leather meld into a core of dark-toned fruit. In 2018, Scipio is on the more delicate side of things, but it all works well.

Drink 2023 - 2033

Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com (August 2023)

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Antonio Galloni, Vinous93/100

The 2018 Scipio (Cabernet Franc) is wonderfully energetic and perfumed. Crushed flowers, mocha, tobacco, cedar and worn-in leather meld into a core of dark-toned fruit. In 2018, Scipio is on the more delicate side of things, but it all works well.

Drink 2023 - 2033

Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com (August 2023)

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Jancis Robinson MW17/20

Full bottle 1,292 g. 100% Cabernet Franc. Bottle number 2,605 of 10,509.

Rich, almost treacly redcurrant fruit and coffee. Big, broad-shafted tannins, but ripe and well-flexed. The glossy richness of the palate deepens and builds: dates and figs and fine dried herbs seam. Rich and dark and sweet but the finish is peppery fresh. A wine with iron power under the hedonism. 

Drink 2023 - 2032

Tamlyn Currin, JancisRobinson.com (June 2023)

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Wine Advocate95/100

Some 11,000 bottles were produced.

The Tenuta Sette Cieli 2018 Scipio is a pure expression of Cabernet Franc from a breezy high-elevation vineyard that is outside the appellation (that’s why this is an IGT Toscana wine). But elevation makes all the difference when making wine on the Tuscan coast, and this expression is focused and linear as a result. There is dark fruit and spice, thanks to 15 months in oak, and elegant tannins.

Drink 2024 - 2035

Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (July 2022)

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James Suckling92/100

Cabernet Franc

Some tomato leaf with plums and berries on the nose. Fresh herbs, too. Full and juicy, with tomato paste and berry in the aftertaste. A little reductive and needs decanting.

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James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com (August 2022)

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Decanter94/100

Scipio 2018 is a considerable step up from 2017; cleaner, fresher and more fruit-forward. Dark plummy fruits combine with a red fruit streak and notes of chocolate, wild herbs and balsam. Concentrated and precise, it shines for its purity of black and blue fruits.

Drink 2023 - 2034

James Button, Decanter.com (October 2023)

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About this WINE

Tenuta Sette Cieli

Tenuta Sette Cieli

Tenuta Sette Cieli transcribes as “Seven Skies Estate”, fittingly named due to the amazing panoramic views and huge skies surrounding the 16 hectares of vineyards and picturesque cantina. This trailblazing producer sits apart from the other producers of Bolgheri, both stylistically and geographically. The estate looks over towards the original Sassicaia vineyard, above Bolgheri’s fertile plains and Tyrrhenian Sea beyond. The penthouse of the region, sitting at 400 metres altitude, their organic vineyards are envied by every winemaker in the region. The site benefits from much cooler temperatures, up to 10 degrees Celsius cooler during the summer months, which results in longer, later harvests – up to one month after the fertile plains below. This gives a very different character of wine to what is expected of Bolgheri; fresh, finessed, energetic and crunchy, further enhanced by the ancient soils of the hills, which are filled with calcareous boulders and crystallised minerals giving vibrant salinity to the wines.

Wolves and wild boar roam free up in these hills, as all the vineyards are enclosed by untouched wilderness, and the deep wooded hills of the Monteverdi landscape. Originally bought as a retreat for the Ratti family, it was only planted with vines in 2001. Today, it’s under the control of superstar winemaker Elena Pozzolini, who has taken this estate to new heights. She crafts the wines with immense skill, fierce passion and sensitivity. These are not rich, blockbuster Bolgheri wines; they are nimble, detailed and elegant, standing out against the richer styles of the region. Although many of their vineyards are technically outside the Bolgheri DOCG, due to the altitude, these are some of the most exciting wines in the area. For Elena and Tenuta Sette Cieli, only the sky is the limit.

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IGT Tuscany

IGT Tuscany

IGT (Indicazione Geografica Tipica) Tuscany is a wine classification from Italy's Tuscany region. It is one of the official wine classifications recognized by the Italian government. IGT is a step below the highest classification, DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita), and above the DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) level.

The IGT classification was introduced in 1992 to allow winemakers more flexibility in grape varieties and employ winemaking techniques while still ensuring a certain level of quality and geographical indication. This classification gives winemakers more freedom to experiment and innovate, deviating from the strict regulations of the DOC and DOCG classifications.

IGT Tuscany wines can be produced throughout the entire region of Tuscany, encompassing various sub-regions and terroirs within the area. This classification allows winemakers to use traditional Tuscan grape varieties, such as Sangiovese, and non-traditional grape varieties, including international ones like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, and others.

The IGT Tuscany classification gives winemakers the flexibility to create wines that showcase the unique characteristics of their specific vineyards and winemaking styles. It allows for experimentation with blending different grape varieties, using innovative winemaking techniques, and exploring new regional vineyard sites.

IGT Tuscany wines can vary greatly, from traditional and terroir-driven expressions to more modern and international styles. This classification has played a significant role in developing Super Tuscan wines, often IGT designated and known for their high quality and international recognition.

Overall, IGT Tuscany provides a platform for winemakers in the region to express their creativity and produce wines that reflect their unique vision while maintaining a connection to the rich heritage and traditions of winemaking in Tuscany.

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Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc is widely planted in Bordeaux and is the most important black grape grown in the Loire. In the Médoc it may constitute up to 15% of a typical vineyard - it is always blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and is used to add bouquet and complexity to the wines. It is more widely used in St.Emilion where it adapts well to the cooler and moister clay soils - Cheval Blanc is the most famous Cabernet Franc wine in the world, with the final blend consisting of up to 65% of the grape.

Cabernet Franc thrives in the Loire where the cooler growing conditions serve to accentuate the grape's herbaceous, grassy, lead pencil aromas. The best wines come from the tuffeaux limestone slopes of Chinon and Bourgeil where growers such as Jacky Blot produce intense well-structured wines that possess excellent cellaring potential.

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