93 Wine Advocate - The 2017 Sapaio is an organic blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Petit Verdot and 10% Cabernet Franc from Massimo Piccin. This is his top-end wine, and this latest vintage opens to a dark appearance with bright ruby and garnet that shines from deep within. The bouquet is piled high with blackberry, dried cherry, tar, leather and spice. The wine offers thick concentration, and that richness extends warmly to the palate in this hot and dry vintage. The tannins are a little too dry at this young stage, and I suggest holding onto this bottle for an extra year or two. Much of the fruit used here comes from Bibbona (just outside the Bolgheri appellation), and that's why this release of 16,600 bottles is an IGT wine and not a Bolgheri Superiore.
Podere Sapaio has an experimental and innovational philosophy in which it aims at illustrating the illuminating power, elegance and longevity of traditional Bordeaux varietal in the Bolgheri region in Tuscany.
The estate Podere Sapaio was founded in 1999. It has 40 hectares spread between Castagneto Carducci and Bibbona near the Tuscan coast. Its main grape varieties are of Bordeaux origin - Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot-, which in the last fifty years have become common in the area made famous by other winery such as Sassicaia and Ornellaia. Traditionaly Italian varietals as well as olive trees are also grown on the estate.
The sea, located less than 10 kilometers away, offers an exceptional climate for grape growing and is the defining feature of this area. All of the vineyards were planted between 2000 and 2005 under the supervision of Carlo Ferrini with a density of about 7500 plants per hectare and utilizing wooden trellising. The training is double cordon at 45-50 cm from the ground, allowing the vines to maintain a healthy balance between leaves and fruit. A superior quality olive oil is also produced from trees on the property.