2016 Bibi Graetz Testamatta IGT

Sangiovese - 750ML
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REVIEWS

JS 98 DC 96 JA 96 WA 96 WS 92
JS 98

jamessuckling.com, December 2018

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...
DC 96

Decanter, March 2022

It would have taken a high degree of incompetence to produce a poor wine in 2016, and Testamatta is a triumph. The nose is lean but elegant, with wafting aromas of cherries, red fruits and a floral tone. Fresh and...
JA 96

janeanson.com, March 2022

Just as with the 2015, this was an excellent growing season - and once again we see the chage in how Bibi chooses to handle these concentrated, ripe years. This is just singing with the finesse and generosity of...
WA 96

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, September 2018

This wine will be released in March 2019. The 2016 Testamatta represents a blend of fruit from old vines spread across the various vineyard holdings farmed by Bibi Graetz in both the Siena and Firenze provinces of...
WS 92

Wine Spectator, October 2019

A focused, linear style, this red features cherry, iron, earth and tobacco flavors, with a hint of wild scrub in the aroma, all matched to a firm, well-integrated structure. Tightens up on the finish, remaining long and...

WINE DETAILS

Color & Type Red
Varietal Sangiovese
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Vintage 2016
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 13.5%
Closure Cork

Bibi Graetz started taking an interest in his family’s vineyards in the mid-1990s and finally took over with his first vintage in 2000. Before then, wine production was primarily for family consumption using farmers’ traditional methods. Graetz became so fascinated by winemaking that he started scouting around for small plots of old vineyards. Today, he has acquired more than 20. He loves working with old traditional varieties because he feels that they represent the best expression of Tuscan wines.

Always hand picked, Bibi Graetz’ red wine may include Sangiovese, Colorino, and Canaiolo, with small portions of Black Moscato and Malvasia. The white wine, called Bugia, is made with the Anzonaca grape which was cultivated for centuries on the Island of Giglio in the Tuscan archipelago.

The vineyards for Testamatta are more than 35 years old, located in the Tuscan hills outside of Fiesole, overlooking the city of Florence. The wine is made from 100% Sangiovese planted on clay and galestro soil. The grapes are fermented in open top barriques of 225 liters with 6 to 8 manual punch-downs per day, and aged in French barriques for 18 months followed by 6 months in the bottle.