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The Poggio Valente vineyard is a crowning jewel to this renowned estate. This Cru vineyard was added to the collection in the late 90s and has only been maintained its upward trend of production since. This is a rarely seen 100% Sangiovese from the southern reaches of Tuscany in Maremma. A great opportunity to try Sangiovese in its purest form.
Le Pupille is a reference to the estates that lie on the property, they have been referred to as the pupils since first being built. Today these two buildings have their backs turned to the medieval village Pereta. For long years there were no vineyards in the area, but cork oaks, wheat, Mediterranean woods, the most classical scenery of a Maremma landscape of former days. It was Fattoria Le Pupille under the guidance of
Elisabetta Geppetti that had the forethought and dedication to express this terroir to its fullest potential.
Elisabetta Geppetti has given her life to bring forth a dream, thanks to her tenacious character and the enthusiasm of her youth, which are now, after 30 years, the traits that characterize her best. It is also thanks to her entrepreneurial ability, which has allowed her to build one of the most important wineries in Tuscany.
They call her the Lady of Morellino and the Ambassador of Maremma. She has been the first woman to be the president of a consortium in 1992, the year of the foundation of the Morellino di Scansano Consortium. The german headliner Der Feinschmecker proclaimed her ‘Wine-maker of the year’ a few years back.
Aging: 18 Months in Large Casks
Tasting Notes: 100% Sangiovese.
Medium ruby color; the nose shows hints of red and black fruit with a particular persistence of blackberry, marasca cherry, and black plum, following notes of tobacco, nutmeg, and forest floor. The palate is elegant and balanced, with sweet and silky tannins.
This is very dense and structured with stone and blackberry characters. Full-bodied and intense with chewy tannins that frame the wine. Flavorful finish. Smoky and lightly bitter, in a good way. Pure Sangiovese. This needs time to soften. Better after 2024. ~95 James Suckling
This wine always stands out in my mind, and it's worth dedicating a few words as to why. Poggio Valente offers us a rare opportunity to taste Sangiovese made according to the highest standards but from a territory—on the Tuscan Coast—that does not share a big legacy with monovarietal Sangiovese reds. The Fattoria le Pupille 2019 Poggio Valente was born in a happy vintage with a cool spring and a growing season that had plenty of underground water reserves to keep the vines hydrated well until the end of August. This is a full and generous wine with dark cherry and wild plum aromas that segue to tar, licorice, and crushed slate. My sample (tasted a few weeks after bottling) was a little shy initially, but it quickly blossomed in the glass. ~95 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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