In 2000, Bibi Graetz burst onto the Super Tuscan scene almost out of nowhere. Sitting on a goldmine – now 85 year-old Sangiovese ‘gardens’ surrounding his home. He brought on (now rockstar) winemaker – Antinori Antonini.
The two set out to create the very best expression of these historic vineyards as they possibly could. The bottling would be called Testamatta and would be 100% garden Sangiovese – which was not allowed by the powers that be.
Consistently outperforming the biggest names in Tuscany at a relatively modest price point, the pundits are just starting to catch up. But Mr. Suckling went a step further and called Testamatta “one of my 12 Best Collectible Wines of Tuscany”. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate called it, “one of the most original and off-the-radar expressions of Sangiovese you will ever taste”.
He flirted with perfection for a few vintages in a row now, so it’s only fitting in the generous 2018, that Bibi dial up a perfect Testtamatta. Don’t miss it — we have the best price in the country for as long as our inventory lasts!
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100 Points, Decanter
Finely textured, with a nuanced perfume that fills the glass and takes you to the intense underbrush of Tuscany. Succulent and yet savory, this has a lilting freshness that is overlaid with ripe berry fruits, sage and white pepper spice, and clear minerality in terms of its scraping texture that makes your mouth water on the finish. Feels light and sculpted and yet has an intensity that skewers you to the spot. This is a great wine, with scope and imagination that doesn’t want to let you go. Genuinely stands out among the wines of this tasting, and these are a fine array of wines. As with Colore, Bibi Graetz selects only old vines, the youngest 50 years old from five different vineyard sites across Tuscany, all farmed organically.
97 Points, James Suckling
Very subtle aromas of cherries, bark, black truffles and flowers. Hints of crushed stones. It’s full-bodied, yet very tight and solid with a very tight, minerally structure. Very long and intense. Racy and bright at the end. Powerful, orange-peel and citrus-fruit undertones. Salty and minerally. This needs time to develop in the bottle. Extremely structured. Best after 2023.
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