A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% ,Merlot and 15% Sangiovese. A bolgheri that is gentle in terms of both extraction and oak usage. Complex and structured with sense of measured power. Smart, neatly tailored tannins weave through the bright cassis fruit. Notes of gravel, salt and smoke add complexity whilst the long finish lifts with a herbal, sappy, savoury quality. Deeply satisfying, refreshing and beautifully crafted.
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.