One of the hottest names in Tuscany today is Fabio Motta – a man who used to be known as the son-in-law of the famed Michele Satta – but that’s not really the full story. Fabio had already earned his degree in agriculture when he first began working harvests in Tuscany back in 2001.
His early labors were modest, despite his education, he primarily cleaned and watched and learned (and watched and learned). But by 2005, he had been tapped by one of Bolgheri’s elite, Michele Satta – increasingly earning his trust for larger and larger roles.
So much so that in 2009 Fabio married his mentor’s daughter and the ‘dowry’ would be nothing short of breathtaking. His father-in-law held the lease on a very special though modest-in-size vineyard, which he entrusted to his new son-in-law.
Fabio released his first vintage (the 2010) to much fanfare – almost immediately cementing his stature among the latest crop of up and comers in Tuscany’s already rich wine scene. These biodynamic wines are phenomenal – always striking amazing balance between finesse and power.
The 2016 Bolgheri Superiore Le Gonnare is an instant classic. As Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate reported in the 95 point review, “Once again, Fabio Motta knocks it out of the ballpark. The 2016 Bolgheri Superiore Le Gonnare is another super rich and densely concentrated Tuscan blended wine from this classic vintage.”
95 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Once again, Fabio Motta knocks it out of the ballpark. The 2016 Bolgheri Superiore Le Gonnare is another super rich and densely concentrated Tuscan blended wine from this classic vintage. This blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Syrah is soft and velvety. In fact, the wine plays its best cards in terms of the supple and soft nature of the mouthfeel and tannins. The wine is partially aged (only 20%) in new oak. Only 6,600 bottles were made.
Fabio Motta is a new name in Bolgheri that came into being thanks to one of the most celebrated names in the appellation: his father-in-law, Michele Satta. Fabio earned his degree in agricultural sciences in Milan, and in 2001 he came to the Tuscan Coast to work a harvest. By 2005, he had returned to Bolgheri under the employment of Michele Satta, and he worked for him until 2009, eventually marrying Michele’s daughter. His father-in-law held the lease on a vineyard called Pievi (four hectares) and eventually handed it over to Fabio. That’s when this young man decided to break out on his own. Fabio’s first vintage made on his own was 2010.