70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot
Grattamacco, founded in 1977 by Piermario Meletti Cavallari, who has since sold the estate to Colle Massari, sits at the end of a long, winding drive in Bolgheri on the Tuscan coast (home of Sassicia). It's a land with a very unusual microclimate, a windy plain 100m above sea level, where the estate gets 300 sunny days a year and a steady breeze. The sun and the wind work together to help their organically grown grapes--Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese, Petit Verdot and Vermentino--ripen without rot. Add this natural propitiousness to the skills of enologist Maurizio Castelli and winemaker Luca Maronne, and you can see how Grattamacco invariably produces wines that please both enthusiasts and connoisseurs. For example, this pair's tender loving care extends to the point of inventing Rube Goldberg-looking machinery that gently tips the sorted grapes into the maceration vats to keep their skins from bruising and thus releasing harsh tannins. Grattamacco holds unshakeable faith in the terroir of Toscano, particularly as it is expressed in the region’s most emblematic grape, Sangiovese, and the estate shows this commitment in their organic viticulture and traditional vinification practices that include using gravity, natural temperature and humidity in vinifying and refining their wines.
What The Critics Say
96/100 Parker's Wine Advocate, Monica Larner
"This wine delivers an exceptional quality of fruit. The 2016 Bolgheri Superiore l'Alberello is vinous and raw with an unmistakably authentic quality that gives this wine character and a specific territorial identity. You taste the flavors of the Tuscan Coast with that "macchia mediterrana," or Mediterranean brush, with ripe cherry, plum, black olive and sweet cinnamon spice. At this young stage, the wine's oak imprint is evident, but we can look forward to this relaxing and tapering down with more bottle age. Some 8,000 bottles were made. -- The celebrated Grattamacco estate spans over 27 hectares and the vines are 25 years old on average. The vineyards are positioned from 100 to 200 meters above sea level, and the soils reflect the very mixed and variable profile you often get in Bolgheri, ranging from sedimentary flysch to limestone marl, with different levels of clay and calcareous sandstone. The vines are trained with bilateral cordon, Guyot and traditional alberello." Drink 2020 - 2035
95/100 Decanter, Richard Baudains
"Some maturity in the colour. Slightly uplifted floral nose, with notes of violets next to ripe dark fruit and Mediterranean scrub. Solid palate with weight and breadth in the weave, very natural grape tannins and a long, dry, savoury finish. Classic." Drink 2020 - 2030
93/100 Decanter, Aldo Fiordelli
"Alberello is the Italian name for bush vines, one of the most undervalued training systems in Tuscany. Employed by Grattamacco for austere varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, the result is often outstanding. Cassis, cherry kernel and leafy aromas come before a hint of minerality. On the palate it shows firm, grainy tannins without any dryness at the end, where instead it opens up to reveal sweet toasted tobacco and straw notes. This will last well thanks to its layered profile and great balance." Drink 2020 - 2035
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