Castello di Bolgheri Varvara 2020 / 750 ml.

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JS9393 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Monday, July 4, 2022
A linear and vivd red with black-cherry and orange-peel aromas and flavors. Fresh flowers, too. Medium to full body, chewy tannins and a bright finish. Give it a year or two, but already very pretty. Drink or hold.
RP9393 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 29th Jul 2022
Here’s a quality, easy-to-drink blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The 2020 Bolgheri Rosso Varvàra is integrated and smooth with no rough spots. Black fruit, pressed rose, earth and spice are carefully woven together. All elements are in place, and the wine is available at a very attractive price point. (Monica Larner)
SP9292 pts. - Wine Spectator - Sep 30, 2022
An expressive red, boasting black currant, blackberry, plum, iron and tobacco flavors, with firm, dusty tannins lending support. Fresh and balanced, with plenty of length and staying power. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2028. 6,000 cases made, 1,000 cases imported. (Bruce Sanderson)

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Primary Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon | All Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

Italy | Tuscany | Bolgheri

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JS93 93 pts. / JamesSuckling.com (Monday, July 4, 2022)

A linear and vivd red with black-cherry and orange-peel aromas and flavors. Fresh flowers, too. Medium to full body, chewy tannins and a bright finish. Give it a year or two, but already very pretty. Drink or hold.

RP93 93 pts. / Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate (29th Jul 2022)

Here’s a quality, easy-to-drink blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The 2020 Bolgheri Rosso Varvàra is integrated and smooth with no rough spots. Black fruit, pressed rose, earth and spice are carefully woven together. All elements are in place, and the wine is available at a very attractive price point. (Monica Larner)

SP92 92 pts. / Wine Spectator (Sep 30, 2022)

An expressive red, boasting black currant, blackberry, plum, iron and tobacco flavors, with firm, dusty tannins lending support. Fresh and balanced, with plenty of length and staying power. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2028. 6,000 cases made, 1,000 cases imported. (Bruce Sanderson)

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Region / Tuscany

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SKU 98113
Product Type Wine
Alternate Name Castello di Bolgheri Varvàra
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Product Location - Location-Appellation Bolgheri
Package Size 750 ml.
Proof/Alcohol by Volume 14.5%
Wine/Spirit Brand Varvàra
Bottles per Case 12
Vintage 2020
Can it Be Shipped Yes
Premier Pick No
Wine Type Table Wine
Wine - Color Red
Grape(s) Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Primary Grape Cabernet Sauvignon
Dollar Sale (Y/N) No
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RP9292 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 16th May 2019
There is a touch of extra softness and richness that reflects the warm and dry conditions of this vintage. The 2017 Bolgheri Rosso Varvàra brings plump and rich primary fruit with blackberry, black cherry or plum at the front. There is a note of sweetness here that gives the wine a very accessible and immediate personality that would work perfectly with a Tuscan wild boar sauce over tagliatelle or a simple ragù. The blend is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Some 70,000 bottles were made.
WE9090 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 5/1/2019
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, this offers aromas of violet, dark berry, leather and underbrush. On the savory palate, velvety tannins support blackberry jam, tobacco and star anise. Enjoy through 2024.
SP9090 pts. - Wine Spectator - Oct 15, 2019
Black cherry, blackberry, cedar, iron and tobacco flavors highlight this harmonious red. Firms up, with lightly chewy tannins on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2024. 7,500 cases made, 1,650 cases imported.

Italy | Tuscany | Bolgheri

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JS9898 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Wednesday, December 28, 2022
Impressive aromas of fresh herbs from the Tuscan coast, such as sage, mint, rosemary and thyme. Blackcurrants, too. Full-bodied with fine, chewy tannins that show beautiful length and consistency. Racy and beautiful, with lots of subtle and refined character. Slightly more cabernet sauvignon this year, which adds class to the wine. 80% cabernet sauvignon, 10% merlot and 10% petit verdot. Give this about three or four years of bottle age. Try after 2027. (James Suckling)
VN96+96+ pts. - Vinous - Aug 2023
The 2020 Saffredi is compelling. Deep yet quite structured, 2020 is unlike any Saffredi I can recall tasting because of its balance of intense dark fruit and vertical structure. Plum, blackberry, pencil shavings, lavender and spice saturate the palate. Readers will have to be patient, as the 2020 is not as showy as most vintages at the same stage. (Antonio Galloni)
RP9595 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 31st May 2023
This blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot is exuberant and explosive. The 2020 Saffredi reveals a very ripe and rich interpretation of this iconic wine made by Elisabetta Geppetti and her family. The blend of fruit is the same, but 2020 actually sees less oak intervention to allow that dark fruit to shine through. There is blackberry, perfumed rose, dried apricot, spice and sweet cinnamon. In all, the wine offers immediate fruit and a vertical delivery of flavors. Finding that combination of wine versus oak is not easy, Elisabetta tells me. (Monica Larner)
SP9494 pts. - Wine Spectator - Jan 24, 2024
Well structured and linear, this red frames a core of black currant and black cherry fruit with accents of toasty oak, sweet spices, tobacco and iron. Refined and harmonious, with the stuffing to develop over the next decade. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Best from 2025 through 2035. 3,750 cases made, 1,000 cases imported. (Bruce Sanderson)

Italy | Tuscany | Toscana

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JS9292 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Monday, July 4, 2022
This has aromas of currants, sour cherries, bay leaves, dried herbs and lemon leaves. Medium-bodied with firm, chewy tannins. Savory and gently earthy. From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold.
VN8888 pts. - Vinous - Jul 2022
The 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon is bright, fresh and wonderfully precise. Not a lot of volume here, but this is nicely done. Dark cherry plum and grilled herbs. A bit nervy, good energy and great value. (Antonio Galloni)

Italy | Tuscany | Maremma Toscana

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Ornellaia | Bolgheri Superiore 2020 / 750 ml.

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2020 / 750 ml.

Item #: 99971

JD9696 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 1/26/2023
The 2020 Ornellaia is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, raised in 70% new French oak for 18 months, with another 12 months in bottle prior to release. Flush with herbs and menthol, blackberry, and cedar, it is full bodied and fills the sides of the mouth with rounded fruit of luxurious plum, black cherry, and toast, with supple and velvety tannins. Drink 2026–2046. (Audrey Frick)
SP9696 pts. - Wine Spectator - Oct 31, 2023
Inviting aromas of blackberry, black currant, anise, cedar, vanilla and tobacco draw you in to this red, which is sleek and open on the palate. This is so well-balanced, it’s approachable now, yet there’s a bit of reserve too. The fruit flavors are prominent on the finish, along with mineral and spice notes, while the lasting impression is a salty, flinty element. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2026 through 2045. 2,350 cases imported. (Bruce Sanderson)
RP95+95–97 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 29th Jul 2022
Tasted from barrel, the 2020 Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia will be presented in the fall but won’t hit the market until spring of the following year. This is a beauty, so generous and opulent with fully seamless transitions. The wine’s traditional blend is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with tiny percentages of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, although this warm vintage makes due with a pinch less of the Cabernet Sauvignon. Fruit is selected across 107 hectares of Ornellaia vines, although the estate recently purchased an additional eight hectares next to Guado al Tasso in Castagneto Carducci, with terraces and vines aged between 15 and 28 years old. This broad and generous expression has a beautiful quality of fruit and oak that speaks to the very best of Italian winemaking. (Monica Larner)
RP9595 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 31st May 2023
The 2020 Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia is made with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with small percentages of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. It opens to an impenetrable, full-bodied approach with dark fruit, pencil shaving, toasted oak, Spanish cedar, campfire ash and iron ore. For sure, this is an especially concentrated and oak-driven vintage of this iconic wine. It absolutely requires more aging time. It feels quite tight and firm in its youth. The concentration is abundant. (Monica Larner)

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JS9292 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Monday, October 9, 2023
Deep character of ripe purple fruit with sweet spices, violets and chocolate notes. Full-bodied, succulent and mellow with creamy tannins and velvety texture. Fruity and lingering. Sustainable. Drink or hold. (James Suckling)
WE9191 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 4/1/2024
The nose is earthy, vegetal and stony, with undercurrents of both sweetness and spice becoming more powerful with time. The earthiness persists on the palate, but takes a backseat to an emergent, tart florality. Waves of acid wash against austere tannins. (Danielle Callegari)

Italy | Tuscany | Bolgheri

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JS9292 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Thursday, April 7, 2022
Plums and berries with mahogany, cedar and dried flowers. Medium-bodied with firm tannins and a fresh, vivid finish. Linear and bright. Some tile undertones to the fruit. Will improve with age, but why wait? Drink or hold. (James Suckling)
RP9292 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 29th Jul 2022
A great value wine, the I Greppi 2020 Bolgheri Rosso Greppicante is 60% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon all aged in second and third-use barrique. Fruit is sourced over an eight-hectare vineyard located just above sea level with a mix of sand and clay soils that are characteristic of Bolgheri. The pretty bouquet reveals cherry cream, coffee, toasted biscuit, candied violet and more floral tones to follow. The effect is balance, and the tannins are tucked within the wine’s medium-rich texture. This is an ample production of 90,000 bottles. (Monica Larner)

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