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98pt 'Curioso' Sangiovese di Toscana, Ponte Lungo 2016

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The return of a Vivino favourite!

The 98 point-scoring Curioso is made from dried grapes, just like pricey Amarone and its warmth and richness is reminiscent of a fine Ripasso.

This bargain red wine - a Vivino best-seller and a UK exclusive - is from Tuscany, and considering the score and the Vivino reviews, it is shockingly cheap!

Italian wine critic, Luca Maroni (the Robert Parker of Italy) has named it one of Italy's best red wines...

"98 points. An exceptional wine with huge concentration and great harmony. One of the year's best red wines of Italy." Luca Maroni 

About the wine

Ponte Lungo specializes in making round, sun-ripened wines with lots of body and sweetness. In Curioso this is achieved by drying a part of Sangiovese grapes, in the same way as Amarone.  It does not sound particularly Tuscan but it works! 

The style is most reminiscent of a really good Ripasso, but with even more fruit and a hint of the special Sangiovese flavour that only Tuscany can provide.

The result is a cornucopia of soft ripe fruit, a pleasant sweetness of ripe cherries and a hint of cocoa. 

Winemaker: "Super Mario" Ercolino
Appellation: Toscana Rosso IGT

- 98pts, Luca Maroni
- 4.0/5 Stars, Vivino Rating 

Grapes: 100% Sangiovese
Cooperage: 4 months in French oak
ABV: 14%

About the winery

Ponte Lungo's attitude to good wine is that too many wineries make a virtue of using old principles to achieve old results - instead of focussing 100% on making a tasty glass of wine. 

Mario Ercolini does it slightly differently than other wineries in Tuscany. With Curioso he uses the techniques of Amarone: 15% of the sangiovese grapes are left to dry on the vine. This allows the grapes to concentrate and create a modern, full-bodied, very fruity style that people love.

The winery is located in the hills near Siena, in the heart of Tuscany. The powerful Tuscan sun helps in creating this Ripasso-style Sangiovese.

98 Points - Luca Maroni
"An exceptional wine with huge concentration and great harmony ... wonderful combination of concentration, softness and seductive aromas of blackberry and spicy notes. One of the year's best Italian red wines."

6 Stars
"This is one of those wines that you always look forward to and I have not yet experienced disappointment when a new vintage landed. It's as usual deep and slightly violet in its dark color and it's a very soft and delicious experience. It's soft, it's soft and it's sweet in a breathtaking and charming vanilla-like way. If you want complexity, you'll be disappointed here - but if you just want to enjoy a drink, you've found the right bottle"


"Phenomenal value! smooth and slightly sweet with an almond aftertaste that carries further than the price point would suggest." 4/5 Stars

"For £10 this is absolutely fantastic! Surprising depth for this price range, and a gorgeously smooth and fruity flavour. I am a huge fan of this wine, and highly recommend it." 4.5/5 Stars

"Absolutely superb and classic Tuscan Sangiovese.  Loads of savoury, red cherry fruit and power but also beautifully balanced.  This is seriously more-ish.  Bang on."  4.5/5 Stars

"£10? Wow! Absolute best value for money ever. This is a great little wine. Perfect everyday drinker"  4/5 Stars

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98pt Curioso for just £9.99! 'One of Italy's Best Red Wines' - Luca Maroni
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