A Super Tuscan Diamond in the Rough to Stockpile
I’ll make this one short. Last week, at our Napa office, I first tasted this phenomenal Super Tuscan wine with our Master of Wine Matt Deller and Master Sommelier Sur Lucero. We all loved it and when the price was revealed — $24.99 per bottle — we nearly said in unison “I’m buying this.” The 2015 Michele Satta Bolgheri Rosso is vibrant with spiced red berry notes, earth, savory pipe tobacco, and a juicy finish — all the things to love about beautifully made Italian reds. Satta is a boutique artisan producer who has been hailed as “one of the pioneers in making high-class wines” in Bolgheri, by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. And in the ever-rising tidal wave of Super Tuscan reds, as prices continue to eek up well into the $40+ range, this is an under $25 gem — with a 93 point score from James Suckling — worth stockpiling.
Because Satta favors Italy’s Sangiovese grape, he prefers to keep it a prominent component of his Super Tuscan blends. His 2015 Bolgheri Rosso finds 30% Sangiovese blended with , 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 10% Syrah, and 10% Teroldego — a grape native to Trentino in the north east, which infuses a vibrant acid cut to the wine
The backstory on Satta begins in 1974, when he graduated with an agriculture degree from a leading Pisa institute, and landed an internship working in the vineyards of Tuscany. Satta was smitten immediately and dove head-first into learning all he could about the land, the local ecosystems and their effects on the vines. By the early 1990s, his dream of owning his own vines was realized when he purchased 56 acres. Ever since, he’s been a leading producer and pioneer of the Bolgheri Super Tuscan movement, who is a stalwart champion of Sangiovese.
Today, Satta brings a seasoned, mature understanding of balance in nature and connection to the land — and deftly, and humbly, translates all he knows to his superb Bolgheri Rosso.
With my finger on the “Buy” button,
Editor-in-Chief, Wine Access