Claudia Ferrero and her husband/winemaker Pablo Härri's estate is called the Podere Pascena and it sits in the southwesterly corner of Montalcino (they are bordered by Argiano and Banfi's Riserva vineyard "Poggio all'Oro"). The wines from this zone are really rich and you can feel the sun shining on these grapes, ripening, and filling them with a dense richness, while their wines show lots of black cherry, plum, chocolate with a satiny texture, round, full and broad on the palate. When we were first introduced to this winery, we thought it was so soft, full of fruit and very forward and that it was the perfect crossover wine from Montalcino for Americans. Since then, their wines have become more and more complex while maintaining balance. Theirs is gorgeous Sangiovese, full-bodied, ripe, sultry, lush, smooth and warm on the palate kind of like if Brunello were made in Napa this would be from Calistoga, right next to Chateau Montelena! (Greg St.Clair K&L's Italian Buyer)
By: Mike Parres
K&L Staff Member
The wine is full of ripe Sangiovese fruit, plum, spicy blackberry, and cassis with coco powder that coat the palate with a little Tuscan dust on the finish of this Full-body wine that is showing great acidity and very well balanced tannins. Think Moms best lasagna recipe or better yet, a good friend and some pecorino.
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