2013 Grattamacco Bolgheri Superiore

Year: 2013
Appellation: Bolgheri
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 94
Wine Advocate: 96
Vinous Media: 94+
James Suckling: 93
Gambero Rosso: Tre Bicchieri
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
Price :

65% Cabernet Sauvignon 20% Merlot 15% Sangiovese

"Impressive, offering ripe, fading cherry and plum fruit, salty licorice, leather, herb and spice aromas and flavors. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sangiovese. Drink now through 2027. -B.S." (WS)

"The first word that comes to mind when describing this wine is seamless. The 2013 Bolgheri Superiore Grattamacco offers a generous and forthcoming succession of dark fruit and spice-driven flavors that fit together like a long chain of pearls on a necklace. It's impossible to taste where one flavor starts and the next one ends. That balanced and harmonious approach is evident in the mouth where it offers a silky, smooth and long textural impression. I suggest another few years of bottle aging before popping the cork on this beautiful blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 15% Sangiovese. This is no doubt the best wine from Grattamacco tasted in the past decade."(WA)

"A huge, expansive wine, the 2013 Grattamacco exudes power. The Cabernet Sauvignon speaks with an especially assertive voice in both the wine's flavor profile and overall structure. Sweet herb, menthol, licorice and leather overtones meld into a core of dark fruit as the wine continues to gain breadth in the glass. Beams of supporting acidity and tannin add backbone as well as energy. The 2013 is an impressive Grattamacco. It is also likely to require at least a few years in bottle. The blend is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 15% Sangiovese." (VM)

"I like the softness and freshness to this with medium body, silky tannins and a fruity and lemony undertone. Bright finish. A blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and sangiovese. Why wait?" (JS)

Winery Notes:
A wine produced from a vineyard of 10 hectares at 100 m asl, where the soil is characterized by calcareous sandstone, marl and calcareous flysch mixed to clay and calcareous clay, while the climate is of a temperate Mediterranean type. There are 4500 to 6000 vines per hectare with a yield of about 7 tons of grapes per hectare. Vines are trained to Cordone speronato and Guyot. Harvesting is done manually. The average age of the vines is 20 years. Vinification in open truncated cone-shaped oak vats for the alcoholic fermentation. Malolactic fermentation in barrique. Ages for 18 months in barrique, in first and second passage. Bottle refinement 12 months minimum.

Tasting Notes:
The 2013 vintage saw ideal conditions for a harvest of other times, with harvesting rhythms slower than usual and with fully healthy "old flavour" grapes and a high aromatic potential, with crispy skin and very ripe grape seeds, a great acidity kit and good sugar concentration. The harvest began on September 11th with the first Merlot and was extended to Friday, October the 4th with the latest Cabernet, just in time to avoid the copious rains of the following days. The taste of this wine reverberates the elegance of the vintage characters, presenting a jaunty aromatic intensity, where we find the characteristic fruity and balsamic notes and its own bloody imprint. The patient maturation of the skins and pips is felt in the fragrance of the tannin and acidity lively vein that accompanies the broad flavour in the final. A wine of remarkable longevity.