October 2014 Selection

I cipressi che a Bolgheri alti e schietti van da San Guido in duplice filar...

October 2014 Selection

Castello di Bolgheri Varvàra 2012 (2 bottles)
Guado al Melo Antillo 2012 (2 bottles)
Grattamacco Bolgheri Rosso 2012 (2 bottles)

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Bolgheri è un delizioso borgo medievale incastonato in un giardino mediterraneo di ulivi, viti, pini marittimi e cipressi.

Non solo; Bolgheri è la scintillante culla della nuova enologia italiana, dei Supertuscan dai punteggi da capogiro, del Sassicaia, di un fenomeno che esalta alcuni mentre fa storcere il naso ad altri, ma che poggia le basi su una sostanza imprescindibile.

Il terreno bolgherese è giovane, di origine marina, alluvionale e vulcanica. I vigneti, piantati fino a 100 metri s.l.m., si trovano tra la costa bagnata dal mare Tirreno e le colline ricoperte di boschi che corrono sino a Siena. Queste condizioni creano un microclima particolare: grazie all' azione riflettente del mare infatti, i vigneti sono inondati di luce per gran parte della giornata ed allo stesso tempo la calura è attenuata dalle correnti fresche che spirano da dopo il tramonto, dalla costa verso le colline.

Dalla fine degli anni Sessanta, sulla scia del successo del Sassicaia, dall' intuizione del marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta che pieno d' ammirazione per i grandi rossi prodotti a Bordeaux, vide nel terroir bolgherese un egual potenziale, gli ettari vitati sono cresciuti considerevolmente, così come la qualità del lavoro delle cantine di cui oggi assaporiamo i frutti: tagli di cabernet sauvignon, merlot e cabernet franc, talvolta con l' incursione tutta italiana del sangiovese, caratterizzati da polposità del frutto, mineralità aggraziata e spirito mediterraneo.

Questi sono i vini che vi proponiamo nel mese di ottobre, quando abbandonata la frivolezza dell' estate e la frenesia di settembre; magari incoraggiati da una fine nebbiolina, si diventa un poco riflessivi e si può pensare, perchè no, di regalarsi un momento con uno splendido calice di vino in una mano, e una raccolta di poesie di Carducci nell' altra.

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Castello di Bolgheri Varvàra 2012 (2 bottles)

Red. Castello di Bolgheri Bolgheri, Italy Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Petit Verdot

Bottle: £13.96 club members / £16.02 non-members


An excellent, fascinating wine and an authentic Bolgheri. The origins of Castelli di Bolgheri date back to the 1500s, when the property belonged to the Counts of Gherardesca. From then on the castle and its lands have been inherited by successive members of the family and nowadays belong to the Counts Zileri Dal Verme. It was they who in 1997 began to plant the international varieties traditionally grown in the Bordeaux region.

Varvàra is obtained by means of an excellently crafted coupage: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah and Petit Verdot. Each variety makes its own essential contribution to the overall blend and, after 10 months in barrel, the result is a balanced, fruity and concentrated wine, and very easily drinkable it is too.

Appearing an impenetrable, dense ruby-red colour, it releases aromas of red fruits and pepper on a pleasantly mineral background. On the palate, it exhibits plenty of body, good structure and balance.

Lamb

  • Alcohol content: 14,5%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 16ºC and 18ºC

Castello di Bolgheri Varvàra 2012
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Guado al Melo Antillo 2012 (2 bottles)

Red. Podere Guado al Melo Bolgheri, Italy Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot

Bottle: £8.50 club members / £9.67 non-members


Not the usual Bolgheri. After all, the principal variety of this elegant Antillo is the Sangiovese, with a 70% stake in the coupage, a choice that will come as no surprise to anyone familiar with the philosophy of Poder Guado al Melo, a strong believer in fine old traditions, the wellbeing of the wines and a good job well done. (A point to remember is that, although today the international varieties are predominant in this area, the Sangiovese has always been the region's most representative variety and part of the Bolgheri vine-growing tradition).

The vineyards from which the grapes are sourced that go into the making of Guado al Medo Antillo are located on mountainous soils that are alluvial in origin. They benefit from the warmth of the Mediterranean climate and a marked difference between day and night temperatures. Antillo, whose name means "sunny place", is an honest, vibrant wine. On the nose, the fruit aromas of blackberries, redcurrants and cherries stand out, but also evident are sweet spices, flowers and the odd subtle vegetal note. There is perfect harmony apparent on the palate, with crunchy fruit, freshness and a good tannic structure. Undoubtedly, a genuinely elegant wine.

Small game

  • Alcohol content: 13,0%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 16ºC and 18ºC

Guado al Melo Antillo 2012
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Grattamacco Bolgheri Rosso 2012 (2 bottles)

Red. Grattamacco Bolgheri, Italy Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Sangiovese

Bottle: £11.74 club members / £13.34 non-members


A Bolgheri with a marine, Mediterranean and mineral character. The Bolgheri Rosso de Grattamacco is mainly composed of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot, but also contains 10% Sangiovese, a variety infrequently found today in Bolgheri but with the ability to provide freshness and increase the wine's aromatic potency. Alcoholic fermentation is carried out in truncated conical oak casks using indigenous yeasts.

On the nose, it releases elegant fruit aromas, seductive spicy and balsamic notes and a lightly vegetal background. However, the most intriguing by far are the exuberant aromas of Mediterranean bushes and seaweed which emanate from the glass, quite amazing. On the palate, its tastiness is confirmed, offering spicy touches (pepper) to accompany some sweet tannins in a very flavoursome finish.

  • Alcohol content: 13,5%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 16ºC and 18ºC

Grattamacco Bolgheri Rosso 2012
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