This year James Suckling conducted his largest ever tasting of Tuscan wines, motivated by the outstanding quality of the 2015 and 2016 vintages from the region. Of the over 2,000 wines he and his team tasted, only two received a perfect 100-point score and only nine were awarded the near-perfect score of 99. Among these special nine was Tenuta Argentiera’s 2015 Bolgheri Superiore:
99 pts – James Suckling
“A delightful nose of creme de cassis, hot stones and crushed violets and spices. Full body, chewy and super polished tannins and a long finish, which really takes off thanks to electric acidity. An essay in balance and depth. Best ever. Puts Argentiera with the best of the best in Tuscany. A blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and cabernet franc.”(jamessuckling.com).
Each varietal is handpicked and vinified separately, spending 25-30 days fermenting in stainless steel tanks before moving to French-oak barrels (50% new oak) to complete malolactic fermentation. The finished wine is aged a further 18 months in barrels and 12 months in the bottle, prior to release.
Argentiera’s Bolgheri Superiore is far from their only standout wine–the same comprehensive Tuscany tasting yielded two other excellent scores for Argentiera: 96 points for the 2016 Villa Donoratico and 92 points for the 2016 Poggio ai Ginepri Rosso, their entry-level red. Visit Tenuta Argentiera’s producer page for more information on the winery itself and to dive deeper into their full range of wines.
If you’re curious to learn more about Tuscany and its producers, look into Fattoria Poggerino, Ventisei, Podere Salicutti, Soldera, Fattoria il Palagio, Stella di Campalto, or view all Volio’s Tuscan wines.