This is a very serious Bolgheri cabernet blend from Grattamacco in Tuscany. Organically grown, it’s a blend of 60% cabernet sauvignon, 20% cabernet franc, 10% merlot and 10% sangiovese. In the glass, it is a hypothetical cross between a Napa Valley cabernet and a Bordeaux from an outstanding year. In terms of aroma, there’s plenty of new oak and cassis. The palate has saturated flavours of blackcurrant and bay leaf and is supplemented by firm tannins. This wine is an outstanding example of a Tuscan cabernet blend and is but a baby tasted in 2018. It will benefit, I expect, from at least a decade in the cellar. Rating: Outstanding. Abv: 14.0%. Price: $100+.
This is a very modern styled cabernet blend from the Ornellaia stable in Bolgheri in Tuscany. In fact, it’s a blend of 57% merlot, 17% cabernet sauvignon, 14% petit verdot and 12% cabernet franc. The 2011 vintage in Bolgheri was a hot one, and this wine reminds of a sort of half way house between a new world Coonawarra cabernet style and, despite the merlot dominance, a left bank Bordeaux. It has aromatics of licorice and soy. The texture and still maturing tannins on the palate suggest a long life ahead and distinguishes this wine from its new world contemporaries. Medium length on the finish completes what is a balanced wine that is drinking well. It should improve in the cellar over the next few years. (Region: Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy, Rating: Good to Very Good, Would I buy it based on this tasting? Yes, Drink: 2020 to 2027, Tasted: April, 2017)
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