“There are stars in the Southern sky. Southward as you go. There is moonlight and moss in the trees. Down the Seven Bridges Road……..”
Oreno takes its name from the river that bisects the Sette Ponti estate. Originally a wine dominated by Cabernet, the blend now changes from year to year based upon vintage conditions; though most recent vintages are at least 45-50% Merlot.
This is my impression of the 2010 when tasted at Gambero Rosso: This blend was tweaked significantly in 2010 with Merlot eclipsing Cabernet. 45% Merlot, 40% Cabernet and 15% Petit Verdot. This is dark purple all the way to the rim. Right now, the 18 months barrique aging is a bit too obvious – minty green herbs, flowers and fruit dominate the nose. On the palate, this is tight, tannic, green (wood) and not yet very expressive. I have at least 3 vintages of this wine in the cellar and this one makes me pause when I consider adding it. Approach carefully.
I should heed my own advice more often. Although to be fair, the vintages I made reference to at the time were the 2004, 2006 and 2010. I’ve since added the 2015. I’m stopping there. This wine is all over the place as you can see from the last time I had it in 2014.
The 2010 Sette Ponti Oreno is, well…….. boring and underwhelming. Look at that color! Gorgeous. And it’s the most redeeming trait of the wine. Given its youth, my knowledge of the wine, and the opportunity, I decanted this thing for 2+ hours. It never, ever came around. It’s green, lean and flat. Aromas of wet lumber, menthol and little else on the nose are followed by tannic, bitter wood notes with piney resin notes. I’m lost? I have more left that I’ll sit on but this estate is floundering in my opinion. This showing of Oreno reminded me of this Vigna dell’Impero and that makes me very, very unwilling to part with my money for experiences like these. Ugh. 84 points. Find this wine.