Podere Grattamacco L'Alberello Bolgheri Superiore 2019
Goes well with game, e.g. local preparations of wild boar, roast, braised and stewed red meats, and medium aged cheese.
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Lots of redcurrants and roses on the nose, following through to a medium to full body with firm, silky tannins that run the length of the wine. Firm and polished with excellent length. From organically grown grapes. Give this three or four years to soften. Best after 2025.
The 2019 L'Alberello is savory, inviting, and rich with a perfume of graphite, blackberry, black cherry, and polished leather. The wine is structured and long, with fantastic purity, and is ripe with cherry and redcurrant, striking a wonderful balance between energetic freshness and richness. This incredible wine casts a very fashionable light on the Cabernet Franc component, which shines through in the blend.
Founded in 1977, and acquired by the Tipa Bertarelli Family in 2002, Grattamacco was one of first the two wineries in Bolgheri. A region typically known for Cabernet and Merlot, Grattamacco sets itself apart from surrounding wineries with its winemaking practices using 15% Sangiovese to impart quality and elegance in its wines. Grattamacco was not only the first winery in Bolgheri to use Sangiovese because of its high altitude despite its proximity to the coast, but also the first to plant Vermentino. Grattamacco wines are known for both their power, elegance and complexity that evolves with time.
An outstanding wine region made famous by Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta, who planted Cabernet Sauvignon vines for his own consumption in 1940s on his San Guido estate, and called the resulting wine, Sassicaia. Today the region’s Tuscan reds are based on Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, which can be made as single varietal wines or blends. The local Sangiovese can make up no more than 50% of the blends. Today Sassicaia has its own DOC designation within the Bogheri DOC appellation.
One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, the best of these are densely hued, fragrant, full of fruit and boast a structure that begs for cellar time. Somm Secret—Blends from Bordeaux are generally earthier compared to those from the New World, which tend to be fruit-dominant.