2015 Ferrero "Pepita" Rosso di Toscana SKU #1317193


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Tasting Notes

I've always loved this wine ever since we helped create it. Pablo Harri the winemaker and husband of the eponymous Claudia Ferrero had planted a vineyard just south across the river from their estate in Montalcino with 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 16% Montepulciano and 17% Alicante grapes. Initially he produced 100% varietals from each that were good and even well scored with the critics, but they were impossible to sell. We were all sitting at a table at the winery when I thought what if we just blend them all together, so I grabbed some glasses poured the proportions into one glass and ...wow, much better as the sum of the parts. Fast forward to the stellar 2015 vintage and WOW, you need to try this wine!

Staff Reviews

  • John Majeski
    By: John Majeski
    K&L Staff Member
    Don't be confused with the tasty, dried pumpkin seeds found in most natural foods aisles, this wine is named after Pepita, the daughter of the late, great Pablo Harri and his wife Claudia Ferrero, an accomplished winemaker in her own right. Graced with a unique blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Montepulciano and Alicante, each undergoing separate fermentation in stainless steel tanks before aging for a year in barriques, this youthful, vigorous blend possesses lavish aromatics and arresting flavors of black cherry, plum, potpourri, spice and leather, with a nice structure to the lengthy, polished finish. So much wine, so little time!
  • John Downing
    By: John Downing
    K&L Staff Member
    This is one of those occasions when the sum is better than its parts. That's not to say that the single varietal wines were not great on their own, but the blend that comprises 'Pepita' is a real stunner. We normally expect a wine of this depth and quality to hit the floor above $20 so it's no surprise why it comes with our highest recommendation. This is a real super Tuscan.
  • Heather Vander Wall
    By: Heather Vander Wall
    K&L Staff Member
    If you're looking for a great little rosso for everyday drinking, this is an excellent choice! I love the value and complexity of this wine. It hits all the classic Sangiovese notes--cherry, sandalwood, earth and perfect structure--while being totally open and ready to drink. This is the wine you want to drink on your weeknight, or with a good crew of friends while you're waiting on your Brunelli to age.
  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    K&L Staff Member
    This wine is incredibly bold; the nose just explodes out of the glass, layers of cassis, followed by waves of complex pomegranate, plum, and wild cherry while spiced with bits of leather, earth and Tuscan dust. The texture is voluptuous; full-bodied it fills your mouth yet is surprisingly fresh and balanced. On the palate the cassis and pomegranate meld into one, vibrant, focused, saturated flavors, that leads into more spice as the fine grain tannins weave a powerful yet elegant structure. This is a powerful wine, it has the balance, density and length of a wine 2-3 times in price, yet because there is no other Tuscan blend just like this it lacks a category for critics to bother reviewing…that’s all for your benefit, you pay much less! Try it you’ll find this is a truly exceptional wine.
    Drink from 2017 to 2025
  • Mike Parres
    By: Mike Parres
    K&L Staff Member
    From our friends at Ferrero (Claudia Ferrero & Pablo Harri) husband & wife team, they have hit another one out of the proverbial ballpark. This is a Super Tuscan ( Merlot, Cabernet, Montrpulciano & Alicante), on the palate you will find a dark, brooding profile of Tuscan dust, smoke, wild cherries and underbrush, with plenty of dark fruit that carries through to the finish. There is outstanding depth here (2015 Structure!!!), not to mention terrific overall balance with soft supple tannins. Just the thing for cheese filled pastas.


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