Perhaps no producer has shaken Tuscany to its core quite like Bibi Graetz. If you remember our recent Bibi Graetz Testamatta offers, Bibi has begun to consistently out point the SuperTuscan Big Guns at a fraction of the price.
Only Solaia – north of $400 managed to out class it in James Suckling’s list of the Highest Rated 2016 SuperTuscans. But alas – with enormous scores follows scarcity – and our annual allotment of 26 six-packs sold out in just 4 days.
While the Testamatta is Bibi’s take on pure 100% Sangiovese – it is only technically a SuperTuscan since Brunello requires a small percentage of other grape varietals and Bibi has refused.
However, his purest attempt at SuperTuscan perfection is the Grilli – a blend of 60% Cabernet and 20% of both Merlot and Syrah all sourced from the heart of Chianti. Lucky for us – this one never made it onto the Suckling’s tasting table – otherwise today’s price would be something quite different.
The 2016 Bibi Graetz Grilli is a delight. Bibi bucks convention again by utilizing steel vats to preserve the fruit-forward and overt freshness of the wine. Notes of blackberry preserves and dark plum dominate. Don’t miss out, BIG RED fans. This one is a winner.
The Bibi Graetz bargains are bound to end soon. With him ramping up land purchasing and leasing less, prices will inevitably be on the rise. That and you know, the mountains of press from some of the world’s stingiest critics, who all can’t get enough of Bibi Graetz’s work of art in a bottle.