Grattamacco Bolgheri Rosso Superiore DOC (750ml)
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The Grattamacco winery was founded in 1977 by Piermario Meletti Cavalleri and his wife Paola Cavallari. Located between the towns of Castagneto Carducci and Bolgheri. Grattamacco was the second wine estate in Bolgheri, after Sassicaia (which as of 2013 has its own appellation, Bolgheri Sassicaia DOC). This certainly speaks to the significance and quality of this small Tuscan region and its wines.
In 2002 Piermario sold the estate to Claudio Tipa, a native Sicilian and former industrialist and founder of Collemassari Wine Estates. Claudio Tipa has an enviable wine empire; owning the renowned Tuscan wine estates, Poggio di Sotto and Tenuta San Giorgio in the Montalcino region and Colle Massari in the Maremma region. His wife Maria and sister Maria-Iris work alongside him.
Grattamacco is located on a hill between Castagneto Carducci and Bolgheri and enjoys a breathtaking panorama of the Tuscan coast. The farm extends over 80 hectares, of which a good 29 hectares are planted with vines and fourteen with olives. Surrounded by 1,200 hectares of woodland, the estate is considered a model for the entire wine-growing zone.
Bright ruby red in the glass. The bouquet draws you in with its fine notes of red fruit; cherries, raspberries and plums. Layered with lightly roasted coffee notes, underbrush and spice aromas. The palate is harmonious with the acidity in perfect balance with the tannins and body. The wine shows great tension and personality, suitable for long ageing, but also enjoyable now.
The vines are planted at an altitude of about 100-200 meters above sea level. Over 60% is planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, the remainder is planted with Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. The soils of the Grattamacco vineyards are sandy at lower altitudes with lime and marl at higher altitudes. In the winery, the utmost care is taken down to the smallest detail. The hand-picked grapes are wild yeast fermented in small wooden vats. Malolactic fermentation occurs spontaneously and ends after the wine has already been transferred into barriques. All grape varieties are vinified separately in the estate and then blended to create the cuvée.
This is an organic wine made from 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 15% Sangiovese and aged 18 months in new/used barriques.
Ranked #12 in 2022 on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines