A wonderful light-touch Bolgheri, sensitively made without losing any gravitas, a moreish wine of great character. Wonderfully open, pliable flavours of cassis, bramble, smoke, earth and stone. Drinking beautifully on release but with the balance to age a few years nonetheless. For drinking before the 2013, however a very rewarding drop. A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 15% Sangiovese the special grey clay, marl and limestone soils here help give their Sangiovese a certain depth. From vineyards on steep slopes in the hills 100 metres above sea level and made in a gently-extracted way this is a complex Bolgheri designed for unadulterated drinking pleasure rather than for the trophy cabinet. The wine is aged for 18 months in barriques both new and 1 year old, with a further 12 month refinement in bottle.
This was the second winery to be founded in Bolgheri in 1977 after Tenuta San Guido of Sassicaia fame. The 14 hectares of organically farmed vineyard are situated on top of a hill, facing the sea, between Castagneto Carducci and Bolgheri - 100m above sea level. This unusually high altitude, for Bolgheri at least, and its inland location means that this part of the region is windier and less humid. Ordinarily Sangiovese cannot grow in Bolgheri due to it being very sensitive to humid conditions, however, in Grattamacco’s micro climate it thrives. This is therefore one of the rare wines from the Tuscan coast to have any Sangiovese in it, to the tune of 15%, adding verve to the 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot. The wine is aged for 18 months in barriques, up to a maximum of 40% new barrels.