~ Fattoria Le Pupille ~

Certain producers are iconic within their region.  Whether it be Biondi Santi, Felsina or many others, when it comes to Maremma,  Fattoria Le Pupille must be part of the discussion. 

Fattoria Le Pupille began its renaissance in 1985 when proprietor Elisabetta Geppetti began revitalizing the property and the vineyards around the town of Pereta in Maremma, the untamed, wild Tuscan coastal region. Determined to make great wine, she enlisted the help of the late Giacomo Tachis and together they replanted vineyards, analyzed soils and charted the course for greatness.

~ Vineyards on the Le Pupille estate in Maremma ~

While Le Pupille makes excellent wines worth cellaring and contemplating,  the workhorse of the estate, indeed the region, is Morellino di Scansano.  It is Morellino, the local name for Sangiovese,  that finds its home in this DOC;  the DOC whose Consorzio Elisabetta presided over, making her the first woman to serve as a Consorzio President and earning her the nickname;  “The Lady of Morellino“. 

Today we’re looking at one of the examples of Morellino and we were very impressed with what we found. 

The 2013 Morellino di Scansano Riserva is sourced from 8 small hectares of vineyards that were planted as far back as 1970.  Sitting mostly in a former sea bed replete with stones and minerals,  the wine displays a lot of that character on the nose and palate.
In the glass, the wine is a medium violet color with a slightly deeper ruby core.  We did not decant the wine.  Aromas develop nicely with red cherry,  minerals, spices and soft wood notes.  This is very enticing to smell.   On the palate, the wine mimicks the nose with moderate tannin structure to balance the fresh acidity.  The wild cherry flavors are medium to full bodied and add balsamic notes with traces of wild herbs and salinty.  This was very well received and represents quite a nice value.  Not yet fully released, but should be available around $18-$20.   89 points.  Disclosure: This bottle was a producer provided sample.

~ The 2013 is predominantly Sangiovese with a dollop of Cabernet.  The wine is vinified in stainless steel vats and then transferred for 12 months to large oak barrels for refinement ~


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