GIORGIO MELETTI CAVALLARI, BOLGHERI
Why Buy: Super Tuscans don't get much more super than Giorgio Meletti Cavallari, a name to watch, if you aren't already familiar. Witness this stellar quartet of high-elevation, low-yield, gorgeously-evolved Rossos from a scion of the legendarily great Grattamacco, including their 96+-point Bolgheri Rosso Superiore Impronte 2019 and their 95+-point Bolgheri Rosso Superiore 2020.
What They're Saying: "A very special wine," declared The Wine Advocate of the 96+-point Bolgheri Rosso Superiore Impronte 2019, only 5,000 bottles of which were produced. Reviewing the 2020 Impronte, Jeb Dunnuck swooned, awarding 95+ points and hailing its "refined edges," "lifted" freshness, "balanced structure," and "long finish."
The Story: Just over two decades ago, Giorgio Meletti Cavallari launched his eponymous winery in the wake of the sale of Grattamacco, his father's estate and just the second to open in Bolgheri. He has quite literally put his stamp on these wines: each bottle bears an embossed, red thumbprint. It's what's in the bottle, however, that excites collectors around the world: the realization, vintage after vintage, of a winery that operates with some of the soul of a garagiste, minding the tiniest of details, limiting yields, and eschewing any trace of corporatization.
The Specs: The percentages of the Impronte, made with grapes from the highest elevation vineyard site in the appellation, vary slightly from year to year, but Cabernet Sauvignon is approximately 70% of the blend, with the rest Cabernet Franc. In the two Bolgheri Rossos, Merlot is dominant (50% of the blend, with Cabernet Sauvignon (35%) and Syrah making up the remainder.
Our Tasting Notes: Though they're ready to drink now, the Improntes are wines to save for special moments – and then to savor very slowly; the craftsmanship is exquisite, the maturity in full evidence. The Bolgheri Rossos are exactly the wines you want to have on hand at all times, reds of great versatility and drinkability that will surprise you with the depth of their construction and the length of their finish.
Fun Fact: The name Bolgheri can be traced to a geographical map made by Leonardo da Vinci in the 15th century.
What to Pair Them With: The Improntes will elevate any roasted or grilled meat – as well as any charcuterie or cheese board. The Bolgheri Rossos are beautifully suited to ragus, pizzas, and stews, but are among the rare reds that can work, too, with some seafood and fish.
Our Guarantee: We always buy and source direct, so rest assured: your wines will arrive in your hands with pristine provenance. Secure your order today!
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