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Grattamacco 2015 Flagship Debut! Seghesio Cru Barolo Duo! And Stylish Grower Champagne!
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.

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!

Today's Featured Sections Include:

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

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Sergio Esposito
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Roger Coulon Brut Reserve de l'Hommee 1er Cru NV 750ml
Roger Coulon Brut Reserve de l'Hommee 1er Cru NV 750ml
Price: $52.99

Bright cherries and berries, buttered brioche, baking spices, and vanilla cavort in the nose of Roger Coulon’s fine Brut Réserve de l'Hommée; the wine’s precise palate echoes these notes, adding citrus and orchard fruits, along with a penetrating minerality. Perfect, fine perlage transmits texture and a bright skein of acidity propels this elegant Champagne as it builds to a balanced, complex, and mineral-laden finish. This wine, a blend of Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay that derives from the estate’s old-vine vineyards in Vrigny and Pargny, gets its name from the traditional term for the vineyard work a person could do in a single day. Tradition dictates the creation of this wine; it ferments with only natural yeasts and ages for at least five years before disgorgement. more info
Grattamacco Bolgheri Rosso Superiore 2015 750ml
Grattamacco Bolgheri Rosso Superiore 2015 750ml
Price: $99.00

A happy combination of intensity, deliciousness, and elegance, Grattamacco’s 2015 Bolgheri Rosso Superiore is a knockout, reflecting its warm vintage with substance and style! Spicy blue and red fruits explode against a backdrop of balsamic wild herbs, white pepper, new leather, underbrush and fresh loam; the wine’s succulent fruits echo on the palate and find their match in savory herbs and smoky minerals. This Grattamacco bottling slides across the palate with a silky, sophisticated feel, and dense and powerful, the wine’s bright acidity keeps it supple, and its chewy tannins give it a nicely age-worthy structure. A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 15% Sangiovese, this wine derives from vines averaging 20 years of age, grown in soils of calcareous sandstone, marl and clay. The grapes vinify in cone-shaped oak vats, and the wine ages for 18 months in barriques, followed by a year in bottle before release. The product of a hot growing year that ended in a picture-perfect harvest, Grattamacco’s 2015 flagship marries opulence with structure, but if you can wait to drink it, your patience will be rewarded. more info