Ethica Wines Adds New Bolgheri Producer I Greppi to Portfolio
May 6, 2020
The critically acclaimed producer of big, bold-style Super Tuscans from Bolgheri expands Ethica’s selection from Tuscany.
I Greppi was founded on the Tuscan coast 2001 by two of Tuscany’s most famous winemaking families, the Cancellieri and Landini. Although it was purchased by an investment group in 2017, Alessandro Landini, known for his award-winning work in Chianti, continues to serve as a consultant to the current owners. The estate stretches over 14 hectares planted a stone’s throw from the Tuscan coast in the spiritual homeland of the Super Tuscan movement. The farm’s proximity to water creates the ideal conditions for extended ripening: Ventilation from the sea helps to cool the fruit during summer months and keep the grape bunches dry and healthy (free from mildew or rot). Biodiversity among the vines is bolstered by the presence of two human-made lakes on the estate. Not only do they help to increase the presence of insects and other animals, but they also help to cool the vineyards in summer. The Greppicaia Bolgheri Superiore is a blend of barrique-aged Cabernet Sauvignon (60%), Cabernet Franc (20%) and Merlot (20%). Its Greppicante is a blend of Merlot (50%), Cabernet Sauvignon (10%) and Cabernet Franc (40%). Both wines are made in the classic Super Tuscan style, bold and rich in flavor and texture.
I Greppi was selected by James Suckling this year to be part of the wine critic’s Great Wines of Italy Tour. The following are his recent reviews of I Greppi’s Bolgheri Superiore Greppicaia and Bolgheri Greppicante:
I Greppi Bolgheri Superiore DOC Greppicaia 2018
“A juicy and savory red with blackberry, dark-chocolate and hazelnut aromas and flavors. Full and chewy.”
I Greppi Bolgheri Rosso DOC Greppicante 2018
“Lots of ripe and juicy fruit with an outstanding concentration of ripe tannins. Hints of chocolate, hazelnuts and ripe fruit.”
– James Suckling
The word greppo (plural: greppi) means slope in Italian, as in a sloped hillside vineyard.