B-21 Top Recommendation
Located just south of Bolgheri – home to Ornellaia, Sassicaia, Solaia, and other world-famous Super Tuscan estates – Maremma has long been a hot bed of noble winemaking. Sharing nearly identical conditions with Bolgheri – vineyard altitudes, proximity to the Tyrrhenian Sea, diurnal temperature shifts – the region has attracted serious investors and winemakers over the last few decades; perhaps none more famous than Elisabetta Geppetti. Named for the hills which flank the original 15 acres of vineyards she purchased in the 1980s, her estate of Le Pupille was an overnight sensation. Her flagship wine, Saffredi – named in honor of her mentor and Father-in-law, Fredi – was conceived by Elisabetta while still in her twenties. She purchased the estate and its Cabernet vines from Fredi – the original owner – and began working with Italy's most celebrated oenologist, Giacomo Tachis, to fulfil her dream. Releasing her first vintage (the 1987) in 1990, Saffredi skyrocketed to success, attracting associate winemakers the likes of Christian Sommer (Chateau Latour) and Luca D'Attoma (who assisted Elisabetta in achieving the 100 point club). The successes at Fattoria le Pupille in 2016 abound; the near perfect Saffredi and for serious value, the Morellino di Scanzano Riserva which James Suckling lavished with 94 points, "Creamy and caressing. Full body.Tight and intense. Complex flavors of berries, spices, cedar and chocolate, as well as light meat." You will be impressed by Elisabetta's serious bargain.
This is very dense and polished with a beautiful texture of fruit and polished tannins. Creamy and caressing. Full body. Tight and intense. Complex flavors of berries, spices, cedar and chocolate, as well as light meat. Equal to the excellent 2015. Sangiovese and cabernet sauvignon. Drink or hold.
94 points, James Suckling (Nov 2019)
The 2016 Morellino di Scansano Riserva has made a great leap forward in recent vintages. The blend is 90% Sangiovese and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the wine is aged in old Saffredi barrique along with larger botte. The wine shows a stunning crispness and a sharp focus in this vintage. It opens to black cherry notes and generous red fruit, with very lightly toasted almond and spice at the back. The mouthfeel is full, and while the bouquet starts off a bit closed, the finish grows steadily in volume and girth. It would be a nice accompaniment to grilled portobello mushrooms. Some 60,000 bottles were made. This wine offers excellent value from coastal Tuscany.
93+ points, Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Issue # 244 - Aug 2019)
Offers hints of earth and game, with ripe plum cherry, licorice and leather flavors. Firm and long, if a tad dry on the finish, but food should help. Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2025. 4,000 cases made, 250 cases imported.
92 points, Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator (Oct 2019)