Fattoria Le Pupille Maremma Toscana Saffredi 2019
Elisabetta Geppetti and her daughter Clara are passionate ambassadors of Tuscany's Maremma region, establishing Fattoria Le Pupille as one of its leading producers. Saffredi is an iconic wine from two small vineyards sites at 250 meters elevation. Here, unique soils produce world-class Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot vines. Saffredi has been referred to as the "Lafite of Tuscany."
JS99: So much crushed stone, rosemary, lavender, mint and blackberry. Full-bodied and very structured with layers of powerful and polished tannins. It goes on for minutes. Ink, blackcurrants and blueberries. 60% cabernet sauvignon, 35% merlot and 5% petit verdot. Needs at least five or six years to open.
WA97+: My article on icon wines from Tuscany focuses primarily on releases from the 2018 vintage. Fattoria le Pupille releases its top wine, the 2019 Saffredi, earlier than the rest. This blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot is explosive. The percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon has been slightly increased in this vintage (and we can expect the same in the warm 2020 vintage that saw the percentage of Merlot further reduced). This 2019 expression boasts a very compact and powerful quality of fruit with deep intensity, thick layering and a velvety texture. This is a real beauty that should be put aside for a few more years of aging.