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The Elusive 2010 Grattamacco, $25 Mountain “Barolo,” and Collector Bryant Family
April 23, 2015 
A Note from Sergio

In 1977, Piermario Meletti Cavallari quit his managerial job at 3M. He'd been a wine drinker until then, but after becoming friends and drinking buddy with the noted intellectual, writer and wine critic Luigi Veronelli, Piermario decided to change his life to conform to his passions. He wanted more than to just drink wine; he wanted to make a drinkable wine, a wine to be consumed, and a wine to be enjoyed. He left Bergamo and journeyed to Bolgheri.

He drove off that main road and onto a winding road through Bolgheri that turned, twisted, dipped and rose. He bumped along on that road, over hills, up, up, up and over the town of Bolgheri. There, on the other side, he found where his vineyard would go. He knew it when he saw it, and he said, "This is my land." A week later he was signing the deed for what would become Grattamacco, and shortly thereafter, he brought on consulting enologist Maurizio Castelli, who shaped the estate's wines even though Piermario recently sold the vineyards for a quieter life. In '82, Grattamacco debuted, the second super wine from that part of Tuscany.

In the years that followed, Cavalleri sold Grattamacco, but the estate, always under the radar, never stopped making great wine--in fact, it has only gotten more delicious! We've already brought you the 2009 Grattamacco Bolgheri Superiore and the 2011 vintage, but today, I'm delighted to bring you the elusive 2010 vintage. Sometimes, wine creation, marketing and distribution conspires against me securing a wine I really want. This '10 Grattamacco bottling was one of those cases, but don't miss out on this extraordinary Super Tuscan. It's super refined, sophisticated and precise, and it's a steal at under $80.

Along with stalking the wily '10 Grattamacco Bolgheri Rosso Superiore, I'm pleased to have scored bottles of the Donna's mountain "Barolo." This Nebbiolo-based Alpine wine might be your new go-to red. Finally, I'm very happy to offer something unusual at IWM: a collector Bordeaux-style blend from Napa Valley. Real California wine lovers really love the Bryant Family wines, and this '11 Bettina is a gem.

Today's Featured Sections Include:


1. Spotlight on Excellence: Hard to Find, Easy to love, Grattamacco Bolgheri Rosso Superiore
2. Only At IWM: 
Under $25 Mountain "Barolo" from the Donnas
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Collector Californian Bryant Family Bettina 2011
4. Our Experts Suggest: 
Finding Burgundy Values from Domaine Chevrot
5. Wine Events: Winemaker Dinners//April and May Wine Tastings

My Best, 



Sergio Esposito

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Bryant Family Bettina 2011 750ml
Bryant Family Bettina 2011 750ml
Price: $749.00