Bolgheri Rosso 2015

Grattamacco was founded in 1977 and was the second winery of the Bolgheri appellation, following Sassicaia. Grattamacco has lead the region in environmentally responsible farming, and was the first to use an Alberello or head-pruned method in Bolgheri. The winery lies on a rise between Castagneto Carducci and Bolgheri, with a panoramic view of the Tuscan coast. The Grattamacco vineyards are located at about 330 ft. above sea level, in a wonderfully protected plot that spans over one of Bolgheri's only two hills, and is surrounded by other internationally renowned Bolgheri properties. 

About the Vineyard

The wine is produced from vineyards at 330 and 656 ft. above sea level, where the soil is characterized by calcareous sandstone, marl and calcareous flysch mixed to clay. The climate is temperate Mediterranean with frequent sea breezes. Viticulture philosophy is based on respect for the environment which allows for a spontaneous, productive balance of about 7 tons of grapes per hectare.  All grapes are hand harvested and carefully selected from on average 24 year old vines.

Wine Production

Fermentation takes place in stainless steel vats with indigenous yeast. The aging continues for 10 months in barrique. The bottling took place in the first week of August 2017.

Tasting Notes

Although the vintage was characterized by a rather dry climate, the summer season was mitigated by convenient rains at the end of July. Harvest began on the 25th of August and lasted until September 30th. The abundant rains in mid-September helped the later varieties guaranteeing a perfect maturation. The Bolgheri Rosso 2016 is characterized by a strong classicism in its typical balsamic and fruity expressions, accompanied by a greasy and enveloping vein typical of the generosity of this vintage, where a remarkable tannic sweetness stands out. 

Food Pairing

It blends perfectly with typical Tuscan dishes and is great for all meals for its freshness and its versatile character. Wine with sluggish and at the same time remarkable longevity, represents the synthesis of our essential style and the character of the Grattamacco terroir.

Production Info
Vineyard size
63 acres
Soil composition
calcareous sandstone, marl and calcareous flysch mixed to clay and calcareous clay
Training method
Guyot, Cordon Spur-pruned
Elevation
330-660 feet
Average Vine Age
18 years
Exposure
Various
Year vineyard planted
1989-2014
Harvest time
August 25th-September 30th
First vintage of this wine
1984
Bottles produced of this wine
80,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot, 10% Sangiovese
Fermentation container
Stainless steel tanks
Age of Aging Container
10% new oak, 90% third and fourth use
Length of alcoholic fermentation
15 days
Fermentation temperature
82 °F
Maceration technique
Pumpovers
Maceration length
15 days
Malolactic fermentation
Full
Fining agent
no fining
Type of aging container
Barriques
Length of bottle aging
6 months
Size of aging container
225 hl
Type of oak
French
Length of aging before bottling
10 months

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