2017 Fattoria Le Pupille (Elisabetta Geppetti) Maremma Toscana Saffredi$79.99
2017 marks the 30th vintage of Fattoria Le Pupille's flagship wine, Saffredi, a beautifully balanced and elegant Bordeaux blend from Italy. This has been at the top of its class for years, receiving praise even in trouble some vintages. This vintage will also commemorate its 30 years as one of Italy’s top wines with a label variation featuring the number 30. Saffredi has always been a value in this category as well, falling in much lower than similar style blends, and often matching them in quality.
Wine Advocate (Monica Larner) 97 points! "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."