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). Now a blend of Cab, Merlot, Petit Verdot and even Syrah in certain vintages, Saffredi is unquestionably one of the world's greatest cult wines.
Wow, there is a very impressive freshness here that defies the heat of this vintage. The 2017 Saffredi does not seem like a 2017 at all. Now celebrating its 30th birthday, Saffredi is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot. Thanks to the vineyard's proximity to the sea, leaving leaves on the vines and the sharp diurnal shifts of the area, the fruit was able to ripen in a balanced manner despite the hot and dry summer. The team at Fattoria le Pupille knew they would have to be ready to harvest early and lose some their yields, and they did. In the end, production was down 25%, but the result is a fresh, thick and beautiful red made with ripe fruit and dark concentration. This is a great effort from Fattoria le Pupille. This wine will be released in November.
97 points, Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Issue # 244 - Aug 2019)
Gorgeous blackberries, dark chocolate, spice and lightly roasted coffee. Full body. Layered and creamy. Lovely, silky tannins that melt into the wine. A beautiful red from the vintage with class and finesse to the depth of fruit. Drink or hold.
97 points, James Suckling (Nov 2019)