“Tuscany is a land with fertile soils and beautiful wines.” This statement is especially true for the wines from Bulichella which call the Tuscan Maremma their home.
I have written some posts about the Maremma and its wines before, most recently about the Colle Massari Lombrone Montecucco Riserva. The Maremma is fascinating to me and I love the large variety of wines which are produced in it. Its soils are incredibly fertile and the climate is very benevolent.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with what the Maremma is I will refer to the site Maremma-Tuscany. The English Wikipedia article on the Maremma is frankly quite poor so don’t bother reading it.
How many of you have heart of Suvereto DOCG before? If I had to make a guess then I’d say only a minority has. And to be fair, I don’t blame you if you haven’t heard of it before. The likes of Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montalcino and of course Chianti have had much larger commercial success and popularity thanks to excellent marketing.
Suvereto wines are made in the Maremma, just like Montecucco and Morellino di Scansano with the distinct difference that Suvereto is lesser known. The most famous and internationally acclaimed wine from the Maremma is probably Bolgheri DOC and even though it is much a much older appellation than Suvereto, Bolgheri’s status was never upgraded to DOCG level. Naturally, Bolgheri producers were unhappy when in 2011, only 11 years after the creation of the DOC-title, Suvereto was awarded DOCG status.
Suvereto DOCG is the only Tuscan DOCG appellation which allows the production of varietal Cabernet and Merlot wines. Varietal Sangiovese is also common. White Suvereto does not exist.
One of the wineries which produces Suvereto wines is Bulichella, a winery whose wines I have tasted many times at home and trade fairs. So I was really surprised when I found out that I only wrote once about their wines so far.
The estate of Bulichella is located not too far from the medieval town Suvereto after which the appellation Suvereto DOCG is named. Elba, a small island, can be seen from the surrounding hills. An impressive view. The soil is also very much suited for olive trees and so it is no surprise that Bulichella also makes olive oil next to its seven wines. Since 1983, the farm is certified organic.
Location of Bulichella in Tuscany:
Without further due here are my tasting notes on six of the seven Bulichella wines.
2014 Bulichella – Tuscanio Bianco – Vermentino Toscana IGT
This is a varietal Vermentino which fermented and aged in stainless steel vats. It shows a yellow color with green nuances. Mostly flowers with a bit of fruit on the nose, especially white flowers and acacia.
Dry with a moderate acidity. Slightly mineral with a touch of bitter almonds and very easy-to-drink. Medium-bodied and nicely balanced. Medium length. 12.5% ABV
Vermentino is mostly associated with Sardinia but this Tuscan Vermentino is a solid white wine. Perfect for warm summer evenings.
2012 Bulichella – Rubino – Toscana IGT
A blend of 50% Sangiovese, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot. Parts of the wine aged in used French oak barrels for 6 months. Rubino has a ruby red color in the glass. Aromas of marasca liquor, blackcurrant but also pepper and leather on the nose which lacked some intensity.
Green tannins and a biting acidity were noted on the palate. Notes of earth, cocoa and pepper. Medium-bodied wine with a short aftertaste. 14% ABV
2011 Bulichella – Tuscanio Rosso – Suvereto DOCG
Tuscanio Rosso is a varietal Sangiovese which aged for 12 months in French barrique. It has a very deep ruby red color with some purple hues. Highly concentrated and complex nose with raspberry, blackcurrant, espresso beans, hazelnut and black pepper.
On the palate, dry, warm and full.bodied with a balanced acidity and powerful tannins. Blueberries and plums as well as oaky notes like licorice, cocoa and coffee. Slightly mineral with a persistent aftertaste. 14.5% ABV
2011 Bulichella – Hide – Toscana IGT
100% Syrah; 22 months French barrique – Hide is a bold Syrah which shows a ruby red color with purple nuances in the glass. The nose is composed of roses, blackberries, red cherries, nutmeg and cinnamon. In the mouth,
Hide is very dry with strong tannins. Good complexity with lots of layers. Nicely balanced between oak and fruit with notes of vanilla, blackcurrant, cinnamon and blackberries. Spectacular finish and very long aging potential. Start drinking this vintage in 2018 to fully enjoy it. 14.5% ABV
Hide is one of my favorite Tuscan Syrah. It’s a must try for any Syrah lover.
2012 Bulichella Coldipietrerosse – Suvereto DOCG
Coldipietrerosse is a blend of different Cabernet clones with very small amounts of Petite Verdot. The wine aged for about 22 months in French barrique. It shows a ruby-garnet red color in the glass. Stunning nose which evolved over the time in the glass. There was a heavy aroma of leather, a bit of earth and blackcurrant marmalade but also some bell pepper, cinnamon, vanilla and lots of ripe cherries.
The palate is as amazing as the nose with lots of chocolate and ripe berries, especially raspberries. Coldipietrerosse is a heavenly Cabernet with a great personality. Full-bodied with smooth tannins and slightly mineral. Highly elegant wine, perfectly balanced. No flaws. Words cannot describe the beauty of this wine 14.5% ABV
2013 Bulichella – Sfizale – Aleatico Toscana IGT
Sfizale is one of two sweet wines which Bulichella produces. It is sourced from 100% Aleatico grapes (the other one is called Tesoro and is a varietal Viognier). Fermentation and aging take place in stainless steel tanks. Ruby red color. An incredible nose with tobacco leaves, rhubarb syrup, lots of green olives, raspberry jam and a hint of toffee.
In the mouth, full-bodied and creamy. An amazing passito with a nice, refreshing acidity which keeps the sweetness in check. Notes of taggiasca olives, herbs, cherries and raspberries. Great intensity with some minerals. A vivid, complex wine full of energy with a very long-lasting aftertaste. This is the sort of passito that shows the complexity sweet red wines can have. 16.5% ABV.
This is the sort of Vino da Meditazione (ital. for “meditation wine”) that will round up any great dinner. Also pairs well with fine dark chocolate or aged cheese.
Two five star ratings in one post?! Yes, I am quite surprised myself because I don’t hand these out easily as regular readers of Vino in Love know. However, both Coldipietrerosse and Sfizale fully deserve it in their own way. If you visit Tuscany then I highly recommend you to visit Bulichella. They also have an agriturismo which offers accommodations.
I would love to hear your thoughts on the Maremma and on the wines if you have tried any of them.
The wines reviewed in this post were samples which I received from an importer. As always, all views are my own. For more information on Vino in Love’s sample policy take a look at this page.
For today, I will leave you with this video which shows the stunning landscape of the Maremma. Watch it while drinking some Maremma wine! Cheers!