Mission Codename The Knight of Bolgheri
When the Wine Spectator wrote; “2015 may prove to be the region’s best year, elevating Bolgheri to the next level and increasing the demand for its wines” they were proven right and prices for top-rated classic selections such as Wine of the Year winning Sassicaia and Ornellaia soared to $200+ per bottle. Yet just under those two, STILL one of the TOP-3 highest rated wines of 2015 from Bolgheri, is THIS hidden gem that we were able to secure the last small allocation of for you, bringing it to a just a small fraction of the cost of big boys!
Intense dark ruby, with a purple glowing wide rim, and a seemingly impenetrable opaque core. Appealing smoky, minerally aromas of red cherry, blackcurrant, and plum dominate the nose, with a hint of truffle. Suave entry to the front palate, smooth and fine-grained in the mid, with exotic spice, delineated blackberry, and red currant towards the back. Broad, rich and supple, this gorgeous red of utmost pedigree boasts silky-sweet tannins, tremendous length, and striking balance. Stylistically it’s between a Napa and a Bordeaux, with an Italian twist, so think along those lines when picking pairings. It’s versatile enough to cover all, from pasta to steaks, from cheeses to cigars.
Castello di Bolgheri dates back to the 13th century, but it wasn’t until Marquis Incisa della Rocchetta brought Bordeaux varietals here that the wine’s reputation began its ascend. It should, therefore, come as no surprise that Federico Zileri, the man behind this triumphant project’s revival, is Marchese Lodovico Antinori’s cousin and the president of the Bolgheri appellation consortium. He is also responsible for elevating Bolgheri via Ornellaia to Wine Spectator’s Wine of the Year honor in 2001. Here’s your almost 40% savings opportunity to get in on the Bolgheri hype, Wine Spectator calls it “Tuscany’s Napa” there, and that’s all here in this bottle.
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Here is what the wine press has to say:
96 Points – Wine Spectator - “Highly Recommended. In addition to Masseto, Ornellaia, and Sassicaia, other notable new releases from Bolgheri include Castello di Bolgheri’s Bolgheri Superiore 2015. Very tightly wound, with a dense bed of tannins providing support for the black currant, black cherry, wild herb, mineral and earth flavors. Ripe yet lively, showing fine intensity on the fruit-, mineral- and tar-filled aftertaste. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Best from 2022 through 2040.”
What the Winery Says
2015 Bolgheri Superiore DOC
- Federico Zileri dal Verme
- 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, 15% Merlot
- Bolgheri Superiore DOC, Tuscany
- Castello di Bolgheri
- 6,500 vines per hectare
- 6.5 tons per hectare
- Calcareous with mix of Clay-sand-limestone
- 18 months
- 100% new 500-liter French oak