Its 35th anniversary release is celebrated with a special bottle release with the number 35 scrolling across its front label. Made from 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 15% Sangiovese, the same blend in the inaugural vintage, the wine is among among the best examples to represent the estate’s commitment to producing elegant and balanced wines, considering the 2017 vintage was not the easiest vintage to work with, according to Marrone.
The wine shows mouthwatering juicy notes of black currant, wild berries and hints of cedar, dried herbs and pepper, without any hint of the burned fruits or jammy notes that often mars a hot vintage. The 2017 vintage, coincidently, is the warmest vintage of recent memory for Marrone, who has 15 vintages and counting under his belt at the Bolgheri estate.
“The year 2017 started with a mild winter and this condition anticipated the growing season. Spring was characterized by hot weather with very little rain and subsequently the summer season was warm with dry weather resulting in a quick ripening and an early harvest,” the winemaker commented.
“Even though it’s a challenging vintage, the experience and expertise we had, and the additional vine age showed more resistance,” he said in relief, confessing in fact it was more thrilling to produce a great wine in trying vintage.
“In challenging vintages, as a winemaker you actually gain more satisfaction from making a wine that has dignity,” he says.
Located 100 and 200 meters above sea level, the winery also practices organic farming. Its flagship Grattamacco is made every year around 60,000 bottles. Aside from the flagship wine, it makes Bordeaux blend L’Alberello Bolgheri Superiore, Bolgheri Rosso and a Vermentino. Its total production stands around 180,000 bottles a year, with around 15% exported to Asia.
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