Grapes: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Located in the Maremma region of Tuscany, Poggio al Lupo is a great estate that spans 115 acres (35 which are planted). In 1999, Antonio Moretti purchased the property for its beautiful coastal terroir that features 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. Grapes were hand harvested and during fermentation, the wine macerated for 25 days, followed by malolactic fermentation. The wine aged 18 months in 100% new French Allier barriques and 6 months in the bottle before release.
Wine Spectator2018 vintage
Wine Advocate2018 vintage
The 2015 vintage stood out among recent vintages for its abundant winter and spring rainfall, which defined the wine-growing season. Spring gave way to the vegetative stage in late May. Rainfall led in to a very warm July and August, with periodic drops in temperature. Finally in September, moderate temperatures allowed for a recovery in delayed aging and a good aromatic synthesis given by daily temperature changes for the last 20 days.
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 red meat and aged cheeses.
GRAPES: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
APPELLATION: Maremma IGT
ACIDITY: 5.90 g/l
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 . . .”