93pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This is a blend of equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Sangiovese from 20-year-old vines aged in oak for 18 months. The Michele Satta 2017 Bolgheri Superiore Piastraia offers intensity and bold fruit with plenty of rich blackberry, dried cherry and toasted spice. The is a full and generous wine from a hot vintage that does not hold back in term of fruit density or intensity. It would welcome some pork-filled ravioli. The soft tannins add to the wine's balanced full-bodied approach.
Piastraia is the estate's blend based on Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Sangiovese, from vines over 20 years old. The grapes were harvested from the first week of September (Merlot) to the first week of October (Cabernet Sauvignon), than aged for 18 to 24 months in oak. It's not too concentrated in the glass, mostly focused on dark fruits, black pepper and dark chocolate. It shows a tight-knit structure with good mid-palate weight, and velvety tannins with a dusty finish. The fresh acidity melts into the red fruit flavors, while curry and leather notes emerge on the finish. Drinking Window 2020 - 2035.
The 2017 Piastraia (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Sangiovese) is a super-expressive wine in this range that will drink well right out of the gate. Ripe red/purplish fruit, sweet spice and floral notes are all wrapped together in this attractive, mid-weight wine. Time in the glass brings out an attractive, bright upper register, while silky tannins add quite a bit of appeal. Drinking window: 2020 - 2029.
92pts Wine Spectator
Smooth, this evokes black cherry and blackberry flavors gently singed by earth and spice flavors. Light tannins gird the finish, with a bittersweet chocolate feel. Merlot, Sangiovese, Cabernet and Syrah. Drink now through 2027. 3,000 cases made, 1,250 cases imported. — BS
The color is intense ruby-red. Aromas of summer red fruit with notes of blueberry and blackberry, straw and green grass. On the palate, same explosive fruit corresponds to the aromas, with a core that is deep and solid that gives great drinkability to the wine.
In '91 I planted the first vineyard with Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Syrah, with the aim of satisfying both the affirmed great expression of the Bordeaux vines in Bolgheri, and the ability of all-Tuscan elegance of Sangiovese and the all-Mediterranean complexity of the Syrah. Since 2012 I have decided to use this wine with the mention Superiore because after almost 20 vintages of this label I am fully aware that the first intuition of a good blend represents the Bolgheri denomination.
Blend: 25% Merlot, 25% Sangiovese, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Syrah