Carlo Ferrini created this Maremma wine from one of Tuscany’s great estates, which spans 115 acres (35 planted to vines) purchased by Antonio Moretti in 1999. The property is typical of Tuscany’s coastal areas, with pockets of soil rich in clay and others rich in gravel and fine stones. The principal Poggio al Lupo vineyard is a southerly hillside vineyard rising 330 feet above sea level and planted with 5.5 acres of both Alicante and Petit Verdot; the balance is Cabernet Sauvignon. Grapes are hand harvested and then fermented with prolonged maceration on the skins, followed by malolactic fermentation and maturation in French Allier barriques and in bottle before release.
Wine Advocate2008 vintage
Wine Enthusiast2005 vintage
The wine has a deep, opaque purple color suggesting intensity and extraction. Heady aromas and flavors deliver jammy black fruit with notes of cedar. The body is full, with silky tannins and a long, penetrating finish.
Exceptional with full-flavored meats and hard cheeses.
points of distinction
- Poggio al Lupo (“hill of the wolf”) is named for the Maremma estate purchased by Antonio Moretti in 1999.
- At 330 feet elevation, the principal vineyard has southern exposures and soil rich in clay, gravel, fine stones and galestra (friable rock and marl).
- The estate's first release was the 2001 Poggio al Lupo.
about the grape +
Cabernet Sauvignon is adaptable to various growing conditions, and is known for its low yield and late ripeness. It generally produces full-bodied wines with substantial acidity and tannins.
– Antonio Moretti, Owner
“This is the place where I was born. A lovely valley protected from northern winds . . . an area that offers great wines . . .”