LEVIA GRAVIA 2016
BOLGHERI SUPERIORE D.O.C.
An intense ruby red introduces the nose, which stands out for its fragrant, well-ripened dark berryfruit, 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.
40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc, 30% Merlot.
VINIFICATION AND MATURATION
Levia Gravia 2016 is an unusual wine in that its grapes come exclusively from the San Biagio vineyard, which lies at an elevation of 210 metres, very high for the Bolgheri area.
Harvesting started in late August for Merlot, followed by Cabernet Franc, and it concluded in early October with the later-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon
The varieties and vineyard parcels were hand-picked individually into 12kg-crates, with the clusters quality-selected first in the vineyard and then in the cellar. The berries were de-stemmed, then went to stainless steel tanks for a 2-week, controlled-temperature fermentation. After malolactic fermentation, the wine was racked into French oak barrels of various toast levels, where it matured for over 20 months; following bottling it was aged a further twelve months.
Appearing an intense ruby red, Levia Gravia releases dark-fleshed, well-ripened fruit, black cherry and blueberry, flanked by pipe tobacco and wild herbs. The palate is taut and lean, deep yet at the same time elegant and well-balanced, displaying smooth, fine-grained tannins. A lengthy finish is marked by an impres- sive duet of fruit and notes of oak.
Outstanding with red meats, game, but with cave-aged and blue cheeses as well, and with meat- or cheese-filled pasta dishes.
93 points, Wine Advocate , vintage 2016
91 points, Luca Maroni, vintage 2016
92 points, Guida Oro Veronelli, vintage 2016
Silver Medal, Mondus Vini, vintage 2016
4 Viti, Guida Vitae, vintage 2016
Silver Medal, Mondus Vini, vintage 2015
89, Decanter World Wine Awards, vintage 2015
92, Robert Parker, vintage 2015
90, Wine Enthusiast, vintage 2015
92, Larsson, vintage 2015
91, James Suckling, vintage 2015
93, James Suckling, vintage 2014
4 Viti, Guida ai Vini D'Italia VITAE, vintage 2015
90, Decanter Asia Wine Award, vintage 2015
95, Decanter World Wine Award, vintage 2014
90, Silver medal, Decanter Asia Wine Awards, vintage 2013
91, James Suckling
93, Wine Advocate
93, Andreas Larsson, vintage 2013
88, Luca Maroni, vintage 2009
3 Stelle Blu, Veronelli, vintage 2009
90, Wine Enthusiast, vintage 2006
90, Wine Enthusiast, vintage 2007
90, Wine Enthusiast, vintage 2008
Bronze medal, Decanter Asia Wine Awards vintage 2009
3 Stelle Blu, Veronelli, vintage 2008
Bronze medal, International Wine Cellar, vintage 2008
Silver medal, Decanter World Wine Awards, vintage 2008
Gold medal, Mundus Vini, vintage 2008
Gold medal, Japan Wine Challenge, vintage 2008
89, Luca Maroni, vintage 2007
4 Grappoli, Bibenda, vintage 2007
Levia Gravia 2013 is available in 750ml bottles, 1.5 l. magnums, and 3.0 l. Jeroboams.