February 27, 2018
A Note from Sergio
Many people forget that Grattamacco was among the original Super-Tuscan winemaker in Bolgheri--only Tenuta San Guido and its Sassicaia preceded Grattamacco's Bolgheri Rosso. Maybe it's because Grattamacco was second, or maybe it's because it lacks the aristocratic cachet of the Incisa della Rocchetta family, but Grattamacco's Rosso has always been overshadowed by its neighbor, Sassicaia. Grattamacco has always ridden shotgun in the Super-Tuscan car, yet it seems as if the estate is pretty happy to sit there.Today's Featured Sections Include:
Grattamacco has an unassuming profile, a low-key personality that's a little on the geeky side. Yet Grattamacco is sneaky, quietly holding a few aces in its hand. For one thing, they're one of the few estates in Bolgheri that can grow Sangiovese. For another, Grattamacco has a crazy microclimate that ripens the grapes in chilly vintages and keeps them from growing over-ripe in warm ones. And for another, the team who leads the estate is insanely dedicated to its wines, making odd but successful decisions like harvesting all of its grape varietals together or designing weird gadgets that sort its grapes with high efficiency.
Grattamacco likes being different. Their wines are different--they're intellectual and engaging. They're like being at dinner party and finding your dinner companion is an astrophysicist with a great sense of humor. Today, I'm very proud to debut Grattamacco's superb 2015 Bolgheri Rosso Superiore, a terrific vintage of the estate's flagship wine. 2015 was a warm one in Bolgheri, but this bottling holds its ripeness with a firm, energetic grip; it's one of the best I've seen. Along with this debut, I'm delighted to present another, Renzo Seghesio's silky 2012 Barolo Ginestra. You can never have too much of this cru Seghesio Barolo, so I'm pairing this new '12 release with a re-up of the explosive 2011. These are all gorgeous Italian wines that, if you decant them, you can drink when they hit your table (but they'll be even better with some time in the cellar).
Finally, life is too good not to have Champagne in your cellar--Roger Coulon makes an affordable beauty that you can find below!
1. Spotlight on Excellence: Debuting the Superb 2015 Grattamacco Bolgheri Rosso Superiore
2. Only At IWM: Lush, Power-Packed Seghesio Barolo Ginestra Pair
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Stylish, Sophisticated Roger Coulon Champagne
4. Wine Events: Upcoming February Wine Tasting Events