Grattamacco Bolgheri Superiore 2018

Grattamacco’s Bolgheri Rosso Superiore is iconic in Bolgheri, Italy, and beyond. The flagship wine of the estate, this was the second important wine to come from the Bolgheri area following Sassicaia. Grattamacco was founded in 1977 and was the second winery of the Bolgheri appellation, following Sassicaia.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. 

2017 marks the 35th vintage of this historic wine. This significant anniversary is commemorated with a special, one-vintage-only label.

About the Vineyard

A wine produced from vineyards at 100 and 200 m. asl, where the soil is characterized by calcareous sandstone, marl and calcareous flysch mixed to clay. The climate is temperate Mediterranean with frequent sea breezes.

Tasting Notes

The olfactory impact is of considerable aromatic intensity: it expands with notes of small, fully ripe red fruits, accompanied by clear balsamic and Mediterranean hints. In progression, typical mineral notes develop. The gustatory impact is austere, of remarkable freshness and of large volume. It develops in a balanced fusion between the broad minerality and the fine and enveloping tannins. Everything is found in the long final persistence that foreshadows a long life ahead.

Food Pairing

Goes well with game, as e.g. local preparations of wild boar, roast, braised and stewed red meats, and medium aged cheese.

Production Info
Training method
Guyot Cordon Spur-pruned
330-720 feet
Average Vine Age
24 years
Year vineyard planted
Harvest time
late September
First vintage of this wine
Bottles produced of this wine
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 15% Sangiovese
Fermentation container
conical oak vat
Age of Aging Container
30%new oak, 50% second use, 20% third use
Length of alcoholic fermentation
15 days
Fermentation temperature
75-86 °F
Maceration technique
Maceration length
Malolactic fermentation
Fining agent
no fining
Type of aging container
Length of bottle aging
6 months
Size of aging container
225 L
Type of oak
Length of aging before bottling
21 months
Analytical Data
14.61 %
pH level
Residual sugar
0.69 g/L
5.8 g/L
Dry extract
31.7 g/L

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