Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Le Pupille, Poggio Valente Riserva

 2009 Fattoria Le Pupille, Poggio Valente Riserva  Morellino di Scansano 14.5% ABV, $35

From the single vineyard, Poggio Valente, at 280m elevation, the Poggio Valente is yet another great example of the quality and value that can be found in Morellino Di Scansano. The nose has a lot to offer with aromatic blackberry and black cherry, Earthy Asian spice, and savory aromas under the fruit. There is a restrained ripeness at the core that adds depth and takes this wine to the next level of enjoyability. The palate starts with a smooth attack and more black fruit that is firm, and nicely chewy. The savory component is present on the palate too, with seasoned, mixed grill flavors supported by flinty Earth, and some tobacco. The finish is long, aromatic and savory. Quite satisfying. 40,000 bottles produced. Aged 15 months in French barriques, 40% new / 60% second passage. 97% Sangiovese, 3% Merlot 94Pts