A fine, 92-point Super Tuscan from Gambero Rosso’s ‘Winery of the Year’ 2014 in Italy’s famous Bolgheri. Using both Cabernets, Merlot, Sangiovese and Petit Verdot, aged in fine French barriques, this is an organic wine of superb power and richness.
If you’re looking for an Italian of the highest calibre, Grattamacco is a name to remember. It’s a 34-hectare estate in Bolgheri, a splendid region that became famous in the 1970s as home to the first Super Tuscans. At the time, wine law prevented Chianti winemakers from adding Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot to the local Sangiovese, even though most people recognised this might add considerable ‘clout’ to the wines. The mavericks went ahead and did it anyway and sold their wines as Vino da Tavola at prices even higher than the finest Chiantis. Grattamacco was one of the region’s pioneers, producing its first vintage in 1978. The 2020 is another super-rich classic. Its elegant fruit and fine-grained tannins are perfect with slow-roast lamb.
"Aromas and flavors of crushed blackcurrants and berries, with a hint of black tea. Tight, youthful"
James Suckling For the 2019 vintage
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