Argentiera, Toscana IGT (Tuscany, Italy) “Poggio al Ginepri” 2022 

($25, Volio Imports):  This ripe, 14.5 percent stated alcohol, Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant Bordeaux blend delivers up-front fruitiness wrapped in plush tannins and supported by a touch of firmness that prevents it from being flabby.  Good acidity and a hint of bitterness in the finish keep it in balance though the overt fruitiness still predominates at this stage.  Enjoyable now for its black-fruited profile, I suspect it will be even better in a year or so after the structure integrates with its plumpness.  For those who think the specifics of the blend tells them something, here it is: Cabernet Sauvignon (40%), Merlot (30%), Cabernet Franc (20%), and Petit Verdot.
91 Michael Apstein May 7, 2024