Grattamacco: The Secret’s out!

Grattamacco: The Secret’s out!
We have long enjoyed the seductive, juicy, “Bordeaux with a Mediterranean lilt ” style that defines Grattamacco. The price has always been as tempting as the wine itself, and now it looks even more irresistible. A recent report by the Wine Advocate lauded the 2015 with 97 points, the same level as Sassicaia. At less than a third of the price of its illustrious neighbour, Grattamacco offers the most staggering value.

When we first offered, back in mid-2018 we wrote -

“A wine that teaches you so much about how Grattamacco approaches winemaking. There is always the danger with Cabernet blends that they veer towards too much power and not enough nuance, particularly in hotter climes and in warmer vintages such as 2015. Yet, as richly fruited as it is, the 2015 Grattmacco is such a harmonious, juicy and flowing wine. Certainly a very serious effort, bold and well-structured with tight-grained tannins, but so flowing and seamless too. Beautifully weighted notes of sweet cassis and kirsch counteracted by more savoury elements of earth, cedar and rosemary. Deep and brooding underneath that silken veil but without being taciturn. A blend of 65% 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 was aged for 21 months in barriques (40% new,) as opposed to the usual 18 months, with a further 12 months’ refinement in bottle.”

In her recent notes The Wine Advocate’s Monica Larner lavishes the following praise:

“The 2015 Bolgheri Superiore Grattamacco is big, bold and absolutely stunning. This blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 15% Sangiovese is dark and luscious, with overlapping melodies of tobacco, spice, dark fruit and grilled herb. There is so much depth and power. This vintage is a gem for your cellar, and the wine should award a long aging trajectory for those who have the patience to wait. Some 50,000 bottles were made.” 97 points, Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, May 2019. Drink 2019 – 2040. www.robertparker.com