BOLGHERI SUPERIORE DOC
An intense ruby red introduces the nose, which stands out for its fragrant, well-ripened dark berry fruit, including wild cherry, cassis, and blueberry, complemented by impressions of pipe tobacco and wild herbs. In the mouth, it is taut, austere, and dense, yet at the same time elegant and well-balanced, with smooth, fine-grained tannins. Its long-lingering finish displays abundant aromatic fruit.
GRAPES 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc, 30% Merlot.
WEATHER AND THE HARVEST The 2015 winter was not excessively severe, bringing temperatures that were 1-3oC above the average in February and March. Rain, though not frequent, was abundant. Spring was mild, with average temperatures and light, intermittent rainfall. Summer followed a similar pattern, with few rains but very high average temperatures, and hot spells in July. As is usual in Bolgheri, mid-August rain storms contributed to a normal kick-off for the harvest.
VINIFICATION AND MATURATION Levia Gravia 2015 is a very distinctive wine. The grapes are grown exclusively in the Biagio vineyard, sited at an elevation of 210 metres, an exceptional height for Bolgheri. The Merlot harvest started in the final days of August, followed by Cabernet Franc, and concluded in early October with our latest-ripening grape, Cabernet Sauvignon. The clusters were hand-picked into small, 12kg boxes after being graded for quality in the vineyard, then they were again inspected on a sorting table before being de-stemmed and pressed. The berries were put into temperature-controlled steel tanks and fermented for around 2 weeks. Following the malolactic fermentation, the wine was racked into French oak barrels of various toast levels, where it remained for over 20 months. Six months’ bottle-ageing followed, before release.
SERVING SUGGESTIONS Perfect with red meats, game, as well as with blue and cave-aged cheeses, meat- and cheese-filled pastas.