Bibi Graetz Testamatta
From one of Tuscany’s great mavericks
- Tuscany, Italy
Bibi Graetz is one of Tuscany’s great mavericks and for nearly two decades has been concentrating on making some of the most distinctive and exciting wines in the region. After the initial Supertuscan revolution in the 60s and 70s with Sassicaia and Tignanello, Bibi leads another wave of pioneers. Specialising in old vine Sangiovese, his vineyards, dotted about Chianti Classico, are populated by gnarled fifty-eighty year old vines, which provide great intensity and wisdom to his wines. The diverse blend of terroirs, and soil types further add to the kaleidoscope of complex characters his wines exude.
2016 is proving to be a benchmark vintage in Tuscany and Testamatta, which received its highest ever score from the Wine Advocate, is an opportunity for Italian wine lovers to share in its similarly-rated charms for considerably less than its better known peers.
“A very beautiful and thoughtful Testamatta with aromas of earth, terra cotta, black tea, and lavender. Full-bodied, very layered and extremely polished with superb, soft tannins. Racy and very long. Muscular and formed but very, very balanced. Gorgeous richness and depth. Shows balance and wonder. Try in 2020”. 98/100, James Suckling
“Many of the vines used here are 80 years old or more, and each site represents a cultural and enological patrimony that was specifically selected for its individual character or uniqueness. There is an unescapable metaphor in the many primary colors that blend or bleed into each other to form a single piece of art that is depicted on the front label of this handsome bottle. Testamatta reaches impeccable harmony in similar fashion. I tasted this wine on three separate occasions and was blown away each time. There is a seductively wild side to the wine that comes forth with chiseled intensity. Dark fruit, spice, tar, licorice and toasted spice make for a beautifully elegant bouquet. The mouthfeel remains mid-weight in approach, with polished tannins and a tightly knit texture that should relax and grow in volume as the wine evolves in the bottle.”
96/100, Wine Advocate
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