2012 Grattamacco "L'Alberello" Bolgheri Superiore

SKU #1249782 97 points James Suckling

 Full body, ultra-fine and silky tannins and a soft and fruity finish. Ripe and balanced with beautiful fruit and freshness. A wine with style and beauty. A tiny-production, single-vineyard red made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.  (8/2015)

94 points Vinous

 Grattamacco's 2012 Bolgheri Superiore Alberello is finely-spun in the glass, with striking finesse and nuance. Sweet cherry, plum, smoke, licorice and spice notes open up effortlessly with air. The 2012 is ripe and juicy, but also quite classic in its mid-weight structure. The 2012 finishes with lovely density and tons of pure harmony. Ideally the 2012 needs a few years in bottle to shed some baby fat, but it is impressive today just the same. (AG)  (10/2015)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2012 Bolgheri Superiore l'Alberello is an absolute beauty that shows the defining characteristics of this special estate located in one of the most beautiful parts of the appellation. This is a full force wine with elegant lines. In other words, it offers the best of both worlds in that it shows thickness and brawn, but it never goes over the top. The finish is smooth and seamless with dark fruit, pressed cherry, spice and leather. (ML)  (10/2015)

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#37 in James Suckling's Top 100 Italian Wines of 2015.

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Staff Image By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/8/2016 | Send Email
This wine immediately impressed us with its perfect balance of powerful fruit combined with finesse and subtlety. It hails from one of the top estates within Italy's Bolgheri region on the Tuscan Coast and is made primarily from Cabernet with a lesser amount of Cabernet Franc and a touch of Petit Verdot to round it out. The result is a beautifully crafted claret style red with layered dark fruit and an elegant underlying structure. We recommend pairing this with meats and firm cheeses.

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/6/2016 | Send Email
The nose on this wine is exhilarating, rich, cassis-like aromas followed by waves of subtle Cab Franc and then a dose of plummy Petit Verdot. On the palate the wine is sensational, supple and rich yet with a real backbone, long, vibrant and lifting. The flavors suggest a real depth of complexity, and with each sip the wine deepens and shows more layers. Full in the mouth, the wine is richly textured, but the supple richness is stretched out over a long, elegant structure. This is an outstanding wine, a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot and can easily age for another decade plus. If you like Bordeaux or California Cab you should check this wine out. Situated in a Murderer’s Row of Tuscan coastal Cabernet producers, Podere Sapaio, Gaja’s Ca Marcanda, Chiappini, Guado al Tasso, Poggio al Tesoro, Le Macchiole, Sassiciaia and Ornellaia all in a 4-mile stretch of land all about 3 miles from the Tyrennhian Sea. Superb wine.
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Staff Image By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/6/2016 | Send Email
The 2012 Grattamacco "L'Alberello" Bolgheri Superiore captures the pure essence of Bolgheri, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. You will find black fruit with leather, tobacco and herbal notes on the dry full-bodied wine. A big Florentine steak will do just fine with this.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.


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Super Tuscan