Michele Satta 2016 Marianova Bolgheri Superiore Tuscany Italy
96 Points Decanter - Satta is one of the very few in Bolgheri to grow Sangiovese, and this is the second vintage of an equal-parts Sangiovese-Syrah blend which repays his faith in the variety. Complex fruit and herb aromas and a tangy intensity on the palate, very firm structure, with an intriguing aromatic finish.
95 Points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - On first nose, the 2016 Bolgheri Superiore Marianova (equal parts Syrah and Sangiovese) shows savory and barbecue-like aromas with teriyaki sauce and hickory smoke followed by plummy fruit and blackberry preserves. There is a note of sweetness with lots of spice, leather and tobacco at the edges. Of Michele Satta's releases, this wine is the most unlike him in that it is the most contemporary and enriched. This is the second vintage of Marianova (the winery’s latest creation) to be released.
95 Points James Suckling - Aromas of currants, crushed berries and walnuts, as well as chocolate. Full body, juicy tannins and beautiful fruit at the end. Big wine that needs time to soften. A blend of sangiovese and syrah. Better after 2021.
Winemaker Notes - Marianova was born as the first experience of the second generation Satta, a blend in equal parts of the best Syrah and Sangiovese grapes. In the Vignanova vineyard the grapes that have most marked my experience in Bolgheri are picked, assembling an unprecedented blend for this area: Marianova is the first Bolgheri Superiore that does not have any Bordeaux grapes in the blend. Through Syrah and Sangiovese they express all the brightness and harmony of this Mediterranean place, which can give wines of very rare depth and complexity, avoiding to rely on concentration and stratification.
Blend: 50% Syrah, 50% Sangiovese
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