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This estate has now joined the ranks of Tuscan superstars. Elisabetta Geppetti has injected a great deal of dynamism ...Read more...
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This estate has now joined the ranks of Tuscan superstars. Elisabetta Geppetti has injected a great deal of dynamism into Le Pupille’s wines in the past few vintages, yet has been careful to look after the detail as well. In addition to Morellino di Scansano, Le Pupille has also been expending considerable effort in producing two of Italy’s great red wines, including the outstanding single vineyard Morellino, Poggio Valente. The Saffredi vineyard was planted by Elisabetta’s mentor, Fredi in 1980 and the first vintage was produced seven years later and released in 1990. The Saffredi vineyard covers 4 hectares and is situated at 280 metres above sea level, with a south-eastern exposure, although the Merlot vines face west and northwest. Soils are relatively chalky, rich in ancient skeletal matter but poor in organic matter. The vines are planted at 4,000 vines per hectare and are cordontrained and spur-pruned. The average yield is 25-28 hl/ha. Rated 96 points by Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Geppetti has produced another gem in her 2006 Saffredi, a French-oak aged blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Alicante. This textured, explosive wine boasts considerable depth and richness in its dark fruit, flowers, minerals and graphite. The wine remains extremely primary and in need of considerable bottle age in order to offer its best drinking but it is unquestionably formidable. The style combines elements of power and elegance, achieving a level rarely seen in these parts. Simply put, this is stunning juice. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2026."
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