Oreno, which takes its name from the river that crosses the estate and the hamlet where the Farmhouse is found, is the estate’s flagship wine. The blend of 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot gives good structure and elegance, and expresses best the potential of the territory and the Moretti Cuseri family’s idea of wine. Grapes are grown in a calcareous, clay-rich soil abundant in the stony galestro limestone that is special to Tuscany. As Oreno’s 20th vintage, 2019 is one of its best ever due to a number of factors in combination. The rainy and mild winter facilitated winter pruning in the vineyards. Spring arrived at the end of March, with warm temperatures mitigated by late winter days. Vineyards had a uniform budding, in harmony with the season, resulting in a rich production of bunches and intense green leaves. Tuscan summer, warm and breezy, was interrupted by some rain, which was beneficial for many vineyards. Grapes continued to ripen in September through to the harvest with an excellent result. All grapes were hand picked in small boxes and underwent further sorting in the cellar via conveyor belt, leaving only the perfect ones which were completely ripe and healthy. As a witness of this painstaking work of high quality, Merlot best expressed its fruit and complexity, Cabernet Sauvignon was characterised by finesse and structure and Petit Verdot was highly expressive of its characteristic spicy notes.
A dark, intense ruby red colour tinged with dappled violet tones, Oreno is a captivating wine. Its incredible complexity and fullness are clear from the first wafts of the bouquet. The ripe fruit notes of ripe berries, blackberries, and black currant are elegantly married with heady notes of chocolate and coffee. Its elegant tannins and rich, powerful structure make for a sublime wine whose very long finish one can luxuriate in.