92 Points “Giovanni Bulgari's 2012 Argirio is a dark and succulent wine with a full bouquet of Cabernet-like aromas. No surprise, the blend consists of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and you taste each one of those grapes in distinct fashion. Bold dark fruit comes on the heels of savory spice, dark tobacco, bitter chocolate and grilled herb. The ample heat of the vintage is a guarantee that you never get any green or astringent tones. In fact, the results are soft, supple and smooth. The finish is velvety and long.”
91 Points "A blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from a seven-hectare vineyard, the 2011 Argirio is the most modern and extracted of Podernuovo's new releases. You can feel the heat of the vintage in the extraordinary opulence and softness of the fruit. In fact, it's almost too much of a good thing and you taste the 14.5% alcohol on the finish as well. Black impenetrable fruit sets the stage, and the wine follows through to the palate with super thickness, firm tannins and full-bodied appeal. Argirio is named after the thick, clay soils of the vineyard. PoderNuovo A Palazzone is owned by the Bulgari family (of jewelry and fine gems fame) and has shown a steady trajectory in improved quality over the past few years since the winery's opening."
91 Points "Black currant, blackberry, cedar, thyme and vanilla aromas and flavors are corralled by the fresh acidity and dense tannins in this red. Still youthful and exuberant, with fine concentration and length on the finish. Best from 2018 through 2027."
93 Points "The real crowd-pleaser is the 2010 Argirio that definitely shows the highest degree of focus and elegance. A firm line of bright berry fruit, pipe tobacco and brimstone cuts straight thought the wine-s fleshy, pulpy fruit. What distinguishes the wine however, is the understated and linear quality of the mouthfeel. It tastes opulent without being overripe or chewy."
90 Points “Pristine and polished, the 2012 Sotirio (100% Sangiovese) reveals a beautiful and delicate approach. This wine is redolent of wild berry, lightly toasted almond, grilled herb and blue flower. All these aromas are delivered with grace and care. The finish is lean and streamlined and it offers impressive length. The quality of fruit is vibrant and bright. This is a broad and generous expression of the mighty Tuscan grape.”
90 Points "The 2010 Sotirio rushes to your senses with an immediate blast of intensity and fullness that is really quite remarkable. This pure Sangiovese (aged only in large oak casks) opens with an inky dark color and sharp aromas of brimstone, small forest berry, underbrush, dark tobacco and leather. Although the bouquet is oversized and expressive, the mouthfeel definitely marches to a slower pace. The wine feels streamlined and tight with a direct cleaning effect that is fueled by berry and menthol flavors. Anticipated maturity."
93 Points "A wine with truffles, berries and dried fruits with hints of dried mushrooms. Full body, with silky tannins and a juicy, fruity finish. Lovely forest floor and fruit character. From the owners of the Bulgari jewelry firm. Classy number here. Pure Sangiovese. Drink or hold."
92 Points A wine with almost a Burgundian texture to it. Full body, with a lovely refined density of fruit and silky and polished tannins. Pretty combination of cedar, berry and chocolate. A year or two will bring it all together. A pure Sangiovese made by the owners of Bulgari jewelry near Siena. Excellent.
90 Points "From the new estate run by Giovanni and Paolo Bulgari (of fashion and jewelry fame), this pure expression of Sangiovese shows very interesting aromas of bright red cherry, perfumed blue flower and a touch of sweet spice. The wine is focused, compact and crisp on the close."
92 Points “Like the other wines from Podernuovo a Palazzone, the 2012 Therra shows a very focused and precise personality. This is a lovely and well balanced red blend based on Sangiovese with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Montepulciano and Merlot. The bouquet is seamless and smooth. The mouthfeel is never too heavy despite the wine's obvious structure and power. This red has the grit and determination to pair with hearty Tuscan meat dishes. It should age steadily over the next ten years or more.”
92 Points "The 2011 Therra is a bend of the five red grapes grown at Podernuovo a Palazzone: Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Montepulciano and Merlot. This interesting blend offers huge fruit character with dark cherry, pressed blackberry, spice, tobacco and leather. It's a truly lovely wine that makes for a perfect option for grilled steak or roasted leg of lamb. You get the tannic structure from the two Cabernet varieties and the fruity softness from both the Montepulciano and the Merlot. The Sangiovese contributes to the wine's bright acidic vein."
91+ Points "The 2010 Therra, on the other hand, immediately spells out a bouquet that is both focused and elegant... you get a dollop of exotic spice and savory cured meat... This wine presents a precise acidity component backed by firmly polished tannins. The 2010 vintage is built for longer cellar aging. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2025."
92 Points "Very attractive aromas of black currants and flowers follow through to a full body, with lovely, fine tannins and an orange peel, chocolate and mineral flavor. Polished and pretty. A blend of Sangiovese, Montepulciano, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. From the Bulgari family, the Italian jewelers.Better in 2015."
91 Points Smart Buys "A lush, polished red backed by plenty of grip, offering an ideal stage for the black cherry, licorice, leather and wild herb aromas and flavors. Shows potential on the finish, where the fruit, coffee and spice notes gather. Sangiovese, Montepulciano, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Best from 2014 through 2024."
92 Points "Therra is a dense and round blend of Sangiovese, Montepulciano, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot that offers pretty harmony between its dark fruit side and its exotic spice component. Lingering notes of cherry, chocolate and leather drive the long finish."
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