About the Winemaker
The name of the winery has nothing to do with the eyes of the owner, because "pupil" means in Tuscan parlance as much as "hill". On one of the numerous elevations of the Maremma near Istia d'In the early 1980s, Elisabetta Geppetti, mother of five children, took over an abandoned farmhouse with a manor house east of Grosseto and restored it in the typical Tuscan style. The winemaker and art historian is full of energy and joie de vivre. With her wines produced at Fattoria Le Pupille, she has not only created a masterpiece that combines tradition with modernity, but has also made a declaration of love for the region that came to be honoured late. Elisabethta's noble drops reflect the terroir of the Maremma precisely, but also impress with elegance and finesse.
The agile winemaker, supported by her eldest daughter Clara, is one of the founding members of the Consorzio del Morellino di Scansano, for which she was president until recently. Together with her partner, the company, which is known as the "La Signora del Morellino" the landowner also described two restaurants. Elisabetta Geppetti was already active in this area when the Denomination Morellino di Scansano was founded at the end of the seventies. But although it was to fill its first vintage a little later, it did not gain complete control of the winery until 1985, when it was re-founded. Since the quality of the wine increased steadily from then on, the fame also increased. Today the 420-hectare estate cultivates 75 hectares of vineyards spread over different parts of the Maremma.
About the Wine
In 1996 Elisabetta Geppetti acquired the single vineyard Poggio Valente near the medieval village of Pereta in the south of Tuscany. The vineyard is situated at an altitude of 280 m.a.s.l., in a hilly position, the upper soil structure is sand and lies on sandstone rocks. Selected Sangiovese clones and a small percentage of Alicante grow here. The grapes are harvested when they are a little overripe and then macerate on their skins for about 25 days. Fermentation and malolactic fermentation take place in stainless steel tanks, after which the wine is aged in small wooden barrels of French oak and a small part of American white oak for 15 months.
The Poggio Valente from Fattoria Le Pupille shines in a dense, dark red in the glass. The nose reveals aromas of red fruits, especially cherry, followed by balsamic notes. The palate is powerful and round with beautiful fruit and firm, silky tannins. The finish is tasteful and pleasantly fresh.
Grape / Blend
Morellino di Scansano, Tuscany, Italy
94 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This is a pure expression of Sangiovese that punches above its weight with an almost Brunello-like intensity. The color and the tannic weight here is more prominent than in most Sangioveses, however, that unique coastal Tuscany character is always there with rosemary and Mediterranean shrub. Dark and fully concentrated, the 2017 Poggio Valente offers chalky notes followed by blackberry and black cherry. I love the harmony and the seamless nature of the bouquet. There is a note of sweetness on the close. This is a terrific, medium to full bodied Sangiovese. - Monica Larne
93 Points - James Suckling
Shows tension and focus for the vintage with plenty of ripe fruit and intensity.
93 Points - Vinous
The 2017 Poggio Valente is rich and explosive in the glass. Black cherry, plum, chocolate, licorice and spice are kicked up a few notches in this decidedly exuberant Sangiovese. I would prefer to drink the 2017 on the early side, while it retains the youthful opulence that makes it so indulgent to enjoy now. The 2017 spent two years in oak, mostly 500 and 600 liters. -- Antonio Gallon
Product size: 750ml