Società Agricola Bulichella Rubino
New Vintage! A full-bodied, Supertuscan-style blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot, made with organic grapes. Rich tasting, with subtle aromas of red fruits and violets.
Located in the Maremma region, Società Agricola Bulichella grows Shiraz, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Vermentino, and makes one white and four red wines. Bulichella is perched on a hill surrounding the medieval village of Suvereto, near the Tuscan coast of Italy. In the early 1980s, four families from northern Italy bought an existing farm and vineyard near Suvereto. In 1999, one of the co-owners, Hideyuki Miyakawa, bought out the others and decided to focus on wine production.
Hide Miyakawa came to wine production in a roundabout way. Born in Japan, he decided to ride his motorcycle with no particular destination in mind. He got to Italy, where he met and married Maria Luisa Bassano. They settled with their family in Turin, and Hide co-founded Italdesign, an automobile design company, with Giorgetto Giugiaro. When he retired, he and Marisa moved to Bulichella. In consultation with agronomist Gioanni Cerretelli and oenologist Luciano Bandini, they began to focus on sustainable farming and winemaking, along with Stefano Bonaguidi, the director of production. Stefano's son, Alessandro, is the sales manager. Shizuko and Sara Miyakawa, Hide and Marisa's daughters, manage the business side, including the agriturismo and restaurant on the property.
Bulichella's land spans over 15 hectares of vineyards, and the estate grows Shiraz, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Vermentino, making one white and four red wines. Bulichella's wines and olive oils are certified organic in Italy by the Istituto de Certificaziona Etica & Ambientale. While they are eligible to be labeled as "Made with Organic Grapes" here in the U.S., we will have the official paperwork for future vintages.
Rubino is named after the wine's deep ruby color and is a blend of Sangiovese, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. While this kind of blend is sometimes called a "Supertuscan," the Rubino is much more approachable (and a lot less expensive, too!) The wine has just a touch of oak: half of the wine is aged in steel, while the other half spends time in second- and third-cycle oak barrels. The oak aging smooths out the tannins without making the wine seem oaky, but also allows the flavors of red fruits to come through. This wine drinks well young and ages beautifully. Try it with grilled foods including fish, as well as hearty soups and stews.
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91 Points, James Suckling
Grilled meats, fish, and vegetables, hearty pasta dishes, soups, stews, mild and robust cheeses.