91 Points, Wine Advocate
94 Insider Points
"A pure expression of Cabernet Franc, the 2010 Poveriano is a dense and thickly concentrated wine that underlines how easily this French grape has adapted to Central Italy. The bouquet is dense and rich with black fruit aroma, pencil shaving and cured meat or leather. The mouthfeel is surprisingly soft and supple. -91 Points, Wine Advocate, Monica Larner
“A well crafted 100% Cabernet Franc that is layered and complex from start to finish. Textbook nose of dried herbs, minerals and lead pencil followed by a silk laden palate of black plums, dried cherry and cassis notes with a hint of black licorice and more mineral notes on the back end. A combination of new and used French barrique comes off seamless with the fruit and spice notes. Enjoy for the immediate with ample decant time or cellar for another 2 to 4 years. Glorious for the price!” - Neil Mechanic, 94 Invino Insider Points
Now to 2022
Back in the middle of May, I attended an Italian industry event chock full of big hitting wines from Tuscany, Piedmont and all points in between. Over 100 wines were poured and it was this Selvagrossa “Poveriano” that rose to be one of my “banking” wines of the tasting. A surprise for me, but this boutique producer specializes in Cabernet Franc in the northern end of the Marche. I first thought I was tasting a reserve Montepulciano, the banner red grape of the Marche, but was pleasantly surprised what was in my glass.
I’ve tasted some wonderful Cabernet Francs and Cab Franc blends from the Bolgheri and the Maremma, but they often retail between $50 and $75 per bottle. Furthermore, the “Poveriano” 2010 has more seamless appeal than most Super Tuscans and Brunelli at your exclusive price. The few extra years of bottle age has paid off in the aromatic department with a remarkable heady bouquet that leads you into a bowl of dried dark fruit, herbs, minerals and licorice.
Cabernet Francs from Napa Valley and outside of north of Santa Barbara have made strives over the last 20 years, but they don’t possess the balance that today’s feature has. I put this effort more in the camp of a Loire Valley Chinon (100% Cabernet Franc) for it’s judicious use of oak and beguiling spice note, but it has some broad strokes of concentrated berry notes that you would find in a top-flight Bordeaux specifically from Saint-Emilion with a higher percentage of Cabernet Franc used in the blend.
I would act fast on this one, due to the limited supply. This is a wine that I personally reached out to my best clients to add to their collection. You can cellar this one, but seriously, you will just want to enjoy with an array of hearty meat preparations and braised stews. This is a must for discerning palates!
"Wild herbs, minerals and espresso develop in the glass, adding further layers of complexity. Sweet, silky tannins round out the layered finish."
Selvagrossa was founded in 2002 by brothers Alessandro and Alberto Taddei, who developed the estate that their grandfather first purchased after returning home from WWII. Alessandro tends to the vineyards while Alberto is an accomplished sommelier, having worked at prestigious restaurants both at home and abroad.
Located between the hills of Pesaro along the Adriatic coast, this small estate is comprised of 4 hectares of organically-farmed vineyards planted to Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc and Merlot, as well as the indigenous white grapes Biancame and Albanella.
“Pesaro winemaking seems to have found new impetus as a gaggle of small-scale wineries have brought it back to the limelight. The leader of the pack: Selvagrossa... which has attracted attention for its intensely flavorful.. distinctively crafted, superbly detailed reds.” - Gambero Rosso
Pair with hearty meat preparations and savory stews.