2016 Ferrero "Pepita" Rosso di Toscana

SKU #1417140

Pablo Härri arrived in Italy from Switzerland in the early '80s and met his partner and wife Claudia Ferrero while both were working at a large winery in Montalcino. The two started a family and in 2002 built their own winery in a restored barn and stable. Their winery has a prestigious location on the southwestern slope in Montalcino, between Banfi’s Poggio alle Mura vineyard and Argiano. Pablo passed away in October of 2017. He left his wife Claudia and their three daughters, two of whom have followed his footsteps as a winemakers. Today the winery produces wine from 14 acres of vineyard: 7.5 in Montalcino and slightly more than 6 in Montenero d'Orcia. The 2016 Pepita is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Montepulciano and Alicante.

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By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/28/2019 | Send Email
Winemaker Pepita Harri poured the warmth of her personality and inherited talent into this charming namesake Rosso, showing her innate ability to bring out the distinctive character of each variety and evoke the bright red-cherry, floral and black fruited flavors that are emblematic of this suave, impressive Tuscan. Uncorked this bottle with bubbling 'hot from the oven' baked Penne and spicy Italian sausages. Just a suggestion, as this generous red will pair with virtually anything from the boot....
Top Value!

By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/15/2019 | Send Email
This vintage of Pepita was a huge customer favorite at our consumer tasting and it has been, deservedly, selling quickly. The 2015 is bold and concentrated with waves of black fruit, ample tannins and length. The Montepulciano really shows through and adds weight structure to this outstanding value Tuscan blend.

By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/15/2019 | Send Email
This is the kind of a wine I like to have around for my Italian soirées. Light in tannis, but still with structure, lots of cherry fruit and tobacco. Very good indeed with a slice of pizza or a more elaborate Italian fare.

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/4/2019 | Send Email
Full bodied and full of charm, the Pepita swings back and forth between Bordeaux-like flavors of blackcurrants and fresh herbs and Italian flavors of dried tobacco and Maraska cherries. It is fleshy, mouthfilling and utterly delicious. I can think of nothing better to go with my Bistecca alla Fiorentina.

By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/31/2019 | Send Email
This easily is the best vintage of this wine that I have tried. It is a "super" delicious everyday Tuscan red. The aromas and flavors are dark without being heavy. It is fresh without being tart. There are a fine spice element and moderate tannins. It is a really fun blend where you can sense all of the components but none of them stand out. I have a feeling that this will sell out fast.

By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/30/2019 | Send Email
“SUPER TUSCAN”! & SUPER PRICE! This bad boy is made up of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Montepulciano and Alicante and I swear you taste the layers of all these, needs a hour or so to open up and on the palate you will find flavors of black cherry and plum and soft floral notes blend with silky tannins, the cab gives this a backbone that you feel and nice smooth and long finish. TWO THUMBS UP!!!

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world.


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Super Tuscan