Women in Wine Fridays: Donne Fittipaldi from Bolgheri


This was a busy tasting week. I saw many old friends and discovered some new producers, new to me that is. Among them, this family of women who run the Donne Fittipaldi winery in Bolgheri, Tuscany. I tasted the wine at James Suckling’s event on Tuesday. Their mother and four daughters run the winery. They started the winery in 1992 and have 46 hectares. They planted new vineyards in 2004.

They have a host of varieties that they grow in this special area including Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec. They also have a white variety which is an indigenous one to the area called Orpicchio.

While my friend tasted their Malbec, I tried the 2015 Bolgheri, a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 10% Petit Verdot. The wine was still very young and I’d like it with a little more time on it but it was pleasurable to taste it. I enjoyed the black fruit, chocolate and spice notes on the palate and its juicy tannins. I think it will be great in a year or two. I look forward to looking them up at Vinitaly to try their Orpicchio.

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