A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and, unusually for Bolgheri, 15% Sangiovese. The vineyard’s elevation and inland location mean that humidity is lower than the rest of the Tuscan coast, which means Sangiovese can thrive here. The wine is aged for 18 months in 40% new oak barriques. It is a wine brimming with character and juicy, fresh flavours. Rather like a classically-lined left bank Bordeaux that shuns points and the limelight with a refreshing twist of sappy Sangiovese character. Notes of gravelly earth, tobacco, cassis, herb, red berry and salt, this is an intense yet also one of the most drinkable, juicy and softly-made examples of Bolgheri we can remember tasting.
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.