I Greppi (Viticcio) "Greppicaia" Bolgheri Superiore D.O.C. 2009 (Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy) - [JS 93]

I Greppi
(Viticcio) "Greppicaia" Bolgheri Superiore D.O.C. 2009
(Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy) - [JS 93]


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Notes from the winemaker:

Established in 2002, near the village of Castagneto Carducci - Bolgheri, it is the result of a journey taken by two families who grew up together. The Landini family, owners of Viticcio winery, with their wine-making experience, with the Cancellieri-Scaramuzzi family, in the notorious and magical Bolgheri territory with a philosophy of achieving elegance and sheer pleausure.

Technical data:
Grape varietals: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc.
Alcohol: 13,5% vol.
Vinification: alcoholic fermantation and maceration on skins takes place in stainless steel vats for around 30 days at a controlled temperature of 28C. Malolatic fermentation follows in small french and american barriques.
Ageing: the wines are aged for 18 months in French and American barriques and then matured in bottles for an additional six months.
Color: a deep intense red, brillant in color
Aromas : very intense, elegant and fine aromas with notes of mature fruit and spices, complemented by a toastiness.
Palate: This is a powerful, full bodiéd wine, but at the same time it is seductive and smooth. Flavors of berry fruit with abundant tannins, which follow through to a long Persistant finish accentèd by dried figs and notes of chocolate.


Ratings & Reviews


93 Points - James Suckling:
"There's a very pretty depth of blackberry and sweet tobacco character here in this full-bodied wine with very integrated tannins and a lingering finish. Polished and impressive. Better in 2015." (11/26/2012)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2009 Bolgheri Greppicaia wraps around the palate with black cherries, espresso, mocha and tar. The 2009 boasts plenty of depth and richness in a very typical expression of Bolgheri. There is a plushness that is quite inviting. Greppicaia is 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc that spent 18 months in French oak barrels, 50% new. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2017." - Antonio Galloni (Jun 2012)

93 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine (2007 vintage):
"Some obvious oak tones of spice and tobacco will integrate with more time in the bottle to give more space to the ripe fruit, mineral and chocolate notes that are already present in very good measure. The wine shows muscle and power with a determined, firm finish." - M.L. (12/15/2010)

92 Points
- Wine Spectator Magazine (2007 vintage):
"This delivers hints of treacle tart and raisin, with dried fruits and black licorice. Full and round, showing velvety tannins and a long aftertaste of grilled meat, smoky wood and dark fruits. This is nearly always excellent. Best after 2012. 1,250 cases made." –JS (9/30/2010)

93 Points - Wine
Spectator Magazine ('06 vintage)
"This has a fabulous nose of crushed raspberry and blackberry, with coffee, vanilla bean, tar and spices. Full-bodied, with rich, velvety tannins. There's plenty of fruit, but this is refined and persistent on the palate, with pretty oak influences. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best after 2011. 1,500 cases made." –JS (10/31/2009)

90 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate ('06 vintage)
"The 2006 Bolgheri Superiore Greppicaia is a bold, racy red endowed with generous dark fruit, minerals, herbs, scorched earth and sweet French oak. The wine possesses gorgeous depth and vibrancy in a fairly accessible style for this important Tuscan vintage. One really senses the potential here, especially if the estate can find a better balance between cooperage and fruit. The underlying materials certainly seem promising. Greppicaia is mostly Merlot, with a touch of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, and spent 15 months in French oak prior to being bottled. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2016." - Antonio Galloni (8/2009)

93 Points
- Wine Spectator Magazine (2005 vintage):
"Dark ruby in color, with beautiful aromas of currant, mint and crushed berries. Complex and subtle. Full-bodied, with ultrapolished tannins and gorgeous fruit. This goes on and on. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best after 2012. 1,500 cases made." –JS (10/31/2009)

90 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2005 vintage):
"The top of the line 2005 Greppicaia is Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. In keeping with the cooler growing season it remains a fresh, vibrant wine, with attractive notes of dark fruit, violets, minerals, chocolate and spices that flow from its structured frame. This sexy red needs some bottle age but it is very promising. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2018." -Antonio Galloni (06/2009)