Fattoria le Pupille Saffredi 2018
|Region||Italy, Tuscany, Maremma Toscana|
|Brand||Fattoria le Pupille|
Deep ruby color with purple reflections. It shows pronounced flavors of black fruits like blackcurrant and black cherry along with spicy aromas of cloves, cinnamon, and licorice. The palate has a generous velvety texture with round tannins and a return of the fruit for a long and persistent finish. Excellent as a meditation wine or paired with braised quail and cranberries or cocoa beef fillet with orange sauce.
Robert Parker's WA 96pts "The Fattoria le Pupille Saffredi borrows quite a bit from all of the grapes that make up the blend (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petit Verdot). These balanced results open to a round bouquet of dark fruit, black cherry, and plum. As the wine warms in the glass, it shows spice, cured tobacco, and campfire embers. This is a full-bodied expression, but not excessively so. It puts forth immediate elegance with carefully measured tannins and a fitting postscript of fresh acidity. This newest vintage of Saffredi should be hitting the market now, but if you buy it, you should plan on cellaring it."
A fantastic nose to this with currant, sage, rosemary, and rose-petal character. Sweet tobacco and spicy chocolate, too. Very complex. The palate shows a lovely depth of fruit with blackberries, blackcurrants, and fine tannins. It’s racy and refined with a direct, focused palate. Just a baby. A blend of cabernet sauvignon 60%, merlot 32% and petite verdot 8%. This needs at least two or three years to soften. Try in 2023.
The 2018 Saffredi is a regal, elegant, supremely polished wine. It may very well be the most refined Saffredi I have ever tasted. Silky in its first impression, with striking aromatic presence and exceptional balance, 2018 is a total knock-out. Sweet red cherry, plum, mocha, licorice, and cinnamon accents develop over time, but it is the wine’s overall balance and poise that is so impressive today. 2018 is an absolutely gorgeous Saffredi. It spent 20 months in French oak barrels, about 65% new. Don't miss it.