Le Gonnare Bolgheri Superiore 2016 Magnum
Black Fruit, jucy and light, racy, Soft, velvety, violet
Merlot 85%, Syrah 15%
Le Gonnare is a super rich and densely concentrated Tuscan blended wine from this classic vintage. A racy style, with vivid acidity driving the black cherry, blackberry and violet flavors
The blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Syrah is soft and velvety. A remarkable wine in terms of the supple and soft nature of the mouthfeel and tannins.
From the producer's website:
In the year 2012 I purchased and I started cultivating this small vineyard that represents the excellence of Bolgheri land and of my own production. The soil is rich in clay and stones that allows a gradual ripening. This is rare and significant, especially for Merlot grapes. The character of the wine is mediterrenean but very balanced.
The grapes are harvested in small cases and entirely destemmed and crushed. As usual fermentations are made with natural yeasts with the highest care to the maceration time. After the natural malolactic fermentation the wine goes in barriques, one third new oak. It ages for about 18 months then it is bottled and after one year it’s ready for being sold.
AWARDS Robert Parker/Wine Advocate 95/100, Wine Spectator 93, Gambero Rosso 3 glass award
We met Fabio Motta a few years ago on one of the regular Vinitaly trips, he had just started making wines and we were intrigued. His first Pievi was a hit with us and our customers. This year was high time to import his wines again.
From the producer’s website:
Driven by a great passion for wine and for the work of the artisan “vignaiolo” and with a degree in agriculture and five years of experience working at Michele Satta’s winery, I embarked on my own journey into the world of winemaking. My first vineyard, Le Pievi, is nearly twenty years old and is perfectly situated in the foothills of Castagneto Carducci.
The vines stretch over about 4 hectares of land with excellent soil. Shortly after beginning I purchased another two-hectare vineyard that produces top-quality white grapes, (mostly Vermentino) in the “Le Fornacelle” area.
In 2012, I also purchased the vineyard Le Gonnare, whose name means “washerwomen“ (because it is located at the foot of an ancient waterway where women used to wash clothes). Le Gonnare, a north-oriented vineyard, is composed of torrential deposits, full of ancient fossils and deep and rich in clay. It is a cool spot, which allows for a very late ripening of the grapes.
In total I work with about 7 hectares- this small scale allows me to handle every little step of the cultivation and winemaking myself.
Winegrowing is a humble job.
It has always intrigued me that the word “humble” comes from “humus“ or earth, meaning something close to the land. I believe that in order to succeed the winemaker must be humble, and close to the earth. Be the observer- do not force your vision into reality. I must let the terroir, and the qualities of the land I am cultivating, express itself, so that all the work in the vineyard and in the cellar can be transferred into the glass.
My land is Bolgheri. This strip of soil facing the sea has enormous viticultural potential. The summer’s evening breezes protect the grapes from any moisture as the harvest is approaches. Autumns are long and warm.
The vines have the opportunity to absorb every last drop of sunlight until the last moment or each sunset. We obtain perfectly ripened grapes which reflect the harmony of our terroir, all of which is felt in the wines, which are full-bodied, but elegant and deep.
Fortunately, there are many good winemakers here, both large and small, exploring this treasure of a region with dedication and commitment. I believe the best of Bolgheri has yet to come…http://www.mottafabio.it/