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 35% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% 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! (Greg St. Clair, K&L Italian wine buyer)

Staff Reviews

  • Jacques Moreira
    By: Jacques Moreira
    K&L Staff Member
    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.
  • Morgan Laurie
    By: Morgan Laurie
    K&L Staff Member
    This is a fantastic little everyday drinker that tastes more like a $25 bottle than one under $15. This baby super Tuscan is spicy, bold and well balanced with some savory tomato/tomato stem aromatics, luscious dark cherry, plum and mocha. Perfect for a hearty lasagna!
  • David Othenin-Girard
    By: David Othenin-Girard
    K&L Staff Member
    Rarely do we come across a Tuscan wine that appeals to so many different palates while costing so little. The Pepita is exactly that. It's a juicy round dark fruited full bodied wine that any Cali drinker would pick up and be forced to investigate Tuscany further. It's got wonder acidity and the tiniest crunchy tannin to keep the foodies from calling it fruit juice and that lovely baseline earthiness that we expect from a solid Italian blend. I don't usually describe red wine as something to guzzle, but it's going to be difficult to stop yourself from opening a second bottle of this bad boy. Don't worry about it though, it's only $15 and you know you didn't really want to go out anyway...
  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    K&L Staff Member
    I don't usually think of Toscana red blends as luscious but the Pepita is one luscious wine. A warm vintage pushes this multi-varietal blend towards international styling but never loses sight of its Tuscan roots. Vibrant and clean flavors of Maraska cherries, crushed herbs and savory spices lead to a subtly mouthfilling wine that has polished tannins and a sweet lingering finish. The acid structure keeps it all together and says, I am Italian! This is probably one of my favorite Ferrero wines to date for its shear accessibility and pleasure to drink with food. Give me a Bistecca alla Fiorentina to go with this bold and delicious red.
  • Steve Bearden
    By: Steve Bearden
    K&L Staff Member
    A baby "Super Tuscan" and a terrific everyday drinker. This is crammed with dark cherry fruit, earth and spice in a bold and ripe style that will appeal to wine drinkers off all stripes. Buy this easy to drink and food friendly wine by the case.
  • 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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