95 points Wine Spectator
Breathtaking. Dense and powerful, with grilled meat and currant aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, round and chewy; a massive and exciting wine. More muscular than the 2001. *Highly Recommended, Ranked #5 of Top 100 Wines of 2005*
90 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
The deeply-colored 2003 Oreno (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese) is a powerful effort redolent of tobacco, scorched earth and super-ripe, jammy, dark fruit. Warm and ample on the palate, it is a big, backward wine with plenty of structure and a brooding personality. A few years of bottle age may help round out the slightly drying tannins present on the finish.
90 points Wine Enthusiast
Tenuta Sette Ponti’s internationally styled blend is heavy and dense, a mirror image of the hot ’03 vintage. Thus it pours on the blackberry, plum and fudge flavors with gusto. This is a seriously fat, opulent red that would weigh in as a heavyweight at any wrestling match. Still, it’s delicious and quite balanced.