Tenuta Sette Cieli

Tuscany, Italy

Scipio, Toscana IGT — 2019

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  • Introduction

    • THE WINERY: Bolgheri and Castagneto Carducci, on the Tuscan coast 1,300 above sea level. The 173-acre estate overlooks terraced vineyards and the Tyrrhenian Sea, and is surrounded by the lush woods of Monteverdi Marittimo. Seventeen acres of high-density vineyards are planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec. Because of Tenuta Sette Cieli’s respect for nature, the winery has chosen organic practices to safeguard the environment. Everything is done by hand in the vineyards, with careful attention to each detail. The journey continues in the cellar where the winery employs single-variety vinification. Fermentation starts with wild yeasts, and the final selection of the wines is done only after a period of barrel aging in French oak barrels.

      THE WINE: Scipio (skeep-e-oh) was a famous Roman military general and statesman who defeated Hannibal at the final battle of the Second Punic War in 202 BC. This wine is made of 100% Cabernet Franc and only in the best vintages.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Hillside vineyards, located atop a hill at 1,300 feet above sea level, are surrounded by the lush woods of Monteverdi Marittimo between Bolgheri and Castagneto Carducci overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.

    • Cultivation: Sustainable; Organic
    • Size: 10 hectares (24.71)
    • Vine Age: Planted 2001-2002
    • Soil: Medium textured with a high presence of clay, limestone and stones
    • Density: 3,760 vines/acre
  • Vintage Report

    • The 2019 vintage experienced fluctuating weather conditions, alternating between periods of cold, rain, drought, and heat. April and May were particularly rainy, while June was dry with temperatures above average. The dry spell ended towards late July with three instances of rainfall, which brought the temperature back to the seasonal norm. During the harvest period, from September 12 to October 10, lower temperatures were recorded, helping to maintain freshness and aromatic complexity.

  • Vinification

    • Cold with dry ice for 6-7 days. In stainless-steel tanks at controlled temperatures; with indigenous yeast; 100% malolactic.

    • Maceration: Cold with dry ice for 6-7 days
    • Aging: 14 months in French oak (40% new)
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Cabernet Franc
    • Alcohol: 14.5%
    • TA: 4.95 g/L
    • p H: 3.62
    • RS: 1.38 g/L
  • Tasting Notes

    • A rich, deep and complex wine that interprets what was a particularly warm and sunny year. The taste reveals a great balance due to a high natural acidity that gives a pleasant freshness and firmness.



  • Scipio, Toscana IGT — 2019 – Jeb Dunnuck – 90 Points

    “The 2019 Scipio is deep red with a garnet tinge and opens to melding notes of cherry pie, sweet baking spices, vanilla, and tobacco. This profile continues to the palate with an autumnal feel and notes of dried herbs, rich tannins, and a modest finish. It seems to be maturing more rapidly than the other two wines from Tenuta Sette Cieli and will be best over the next several years.”

  • Scipio, Toscana IGT — 2019 – Wine Advocate – 94 Points

    “Made with Cabernet Franc, the 2019 Scipio shows a vegetal quality with dried curry leaf, grilled herb and dark slate. You feel the grape in full, and the wine delivers rich generosity, soft texture with barbecued aromas and sweet spice. It is full-bodied, and the tannins are nicely managed. Some 9,200 bottles were released..”