Fattoria Le Pupille "Poggio Valente" Sangiovese, Tuscany, Italy, 2015
Overview of the Wine
Le Pupille takes its name from two colonial houses in Maremma which look like the pupils of two eyes from up above. When Fredi (Alfredo) inherited the farmhouses he transformed them into a typical Tuscan farm, ensuring that he also had a couple of hectares of land to grow vines for his own enjoyment. His entrepreneurial spirit lead him to use the wine to pay tribute to his most important customers in Pisa, and eventually in the USA.
Fredi sadly passed away in 1985 leaving the winery in the very capable hands of his daughter Elisabetta Geppetti, a young art student at the time, who decided to peruse her father’s dream. Elisabetta worked alongside Giacomo Tachis (the famous Italian oenologist who helped to create Sassicaia, Solaia and Tignanello) for eleven years during which time the winery changed a lot, transforming from a family farm into a modern wine estate.
Originally only 5 hectares, the estate today boasts 75 hectares of vineyards and accounts for an annual production of 500,000 bottles. Elisabetta has worked with the likes of Riccardo Cotarella, Christian le Sommer (former Winemaker of Château Latour) and recently the well known enologist Luca d’Attoma. Luca is one of the world leading experts of biodynamic and biological products which are currently being trialled at Le Pupille.
Elisabetta’s intuition, passion and continued research have made her known worldwide as the ‘Lady of Morellino’ having spent three decades tirelessly promoting the Morellino di Scansano region. She was the first woman to become president of the consortium of Morellino di Scansano and has won numerous awards and recognition. In addition to these achievements, she is the mother of 5 children the eldest of which, Clara, works within the estate representing Le Pupille around the world.
Grape / Blend
90% Sangiovese, 10% Grenache
This pure expression of Sangiovese really hits all the right buttons. The wine is rich and long-lasting with ripe fruit intensity followed by bold aromas of cherry, blackberry, grilled herb and moist earth. The bouquet is exuberant and bright. The wine shows a medium build that builds steadily in length, power and volume.
92 - Wine Spectator
Cherry, currant, licorice, wild herb, tobacco and mineral flavors work the pliable texture in this rangy and slightly chewy red. Ripe, with plenty of personality and a firm, tobacco-tinged finish. Sangiovese. Drink now through 2028. 1,600 cases made, 200 cases imported. — BS
94 - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
I absolutely enjoyed the 2015 Poggio Valente. This pure expression of Sangiovese really hits all the right buttons. The wine is rich and long-lasting with ripe fruit intensity followed by bold aromas of cherry, blackberry, grilled herb and moist earth. The bouquet is exuberant and bright. The wine shows a medium build that builds steadily in length, power and volume. - Monica Larner