Campo alla Sughera, Bolgheri Superiore DOC (Tuscany, Italy) “Arnione” 2019

($78):  Arnione, a blend of roughly 40 percent Cabernet Sauvignon with equal parts of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot, is their Bolgheri flagship.  As much as I liked their Adèo, Arnione is just, well, a much better wine.  Here, minerals balance the lush black fruit and take center stage.  There’s an alluring interplay among the elements.  Though a weightier wine, Arnione still is not heavy and retains finesse.  As with Adèo, an appealing bitterness emerges in the finish.  With a more tannic structure — the tannins are still refined and unobtrusive — this balanced wine would benefit from a few more years in the bottle to allow its complexity to shine.  But to be fair, for those who like a bolder, more structured wine, it’s a delight to drink now.
95 Michael Apstein Jul 4, 2023