Robert Parker 93
The 2001 Bolgheri Superiore Grattamacco is an exceptional wine that shows a long capacity for a steady and fluid evolution. During my mini vertical of the 2001, 2004 and 2006 vintages, this wine kept going long after the others started to wind down. The plumpness of the fruit has remained intact despite the age of this wine. The acidity is well integrated and its presence offers a bright sense of vertical lift. We were worried that the cork was a little too dry on this wine and that the bouquet would remain shut down, but this never became an issue. As the wine continues to evolve, it offers cured meat and spice. It shows great intensity and a beautiful evolution.
Anticipated maturity: 2016-2025
The 2001 Grattamacco (65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 15% Sangiovese) presents suggestions of tobacco, earthiness, ripe cherries, sweet toasted oak and smoke on a muscular frame. Although the wine’s flavors have begun to develop its structural frame is still quite youthful and another few years of cellaring seem prudent. Unfortunately I was unable to taste more recent vintages of this wine.
Anticipated maturity: 2013-2017