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Testamatta, Bibi Graetz 2018

RegionItaly
SubregionTuscany
ColourRed
TypeStill

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Colour Region Vintage Wine Size Cs Bts Price IB GBP Per Score
Italy2018Testamatta, Bibi GraetzBT50630.001294 ML607094.0094.00Testamatta, Bibi Graetz0.75
Italy2018Testamatta, Bibi GraetzMG20750.00694 ML1283.33333333333394.0094.00Testamatta, Bibi Graetz1.5
Italy2018Testamatta, Bibi GraetzDM-2280.00bt94 ML293.33333333333394.0094.00Testamatta, Bibi Graetz3
Italy2018Testamatta, Bibi GraetzIM-1560.00bt94 ML193.33333333333394.0094.00Testamatta, Bibi Graetz6
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Tasting Notes

The 2018 Testamatta shows elegant Sangiovese purity and transparency, starting with delicate wild berry and blueberry tones and finishing long with pretty accents of crushed limestone and a touch of campfire ash. In the glass, the wine is radiant and vivid with a luminous ruby or garnet color. Oak use is reduced to a bare minimum, with barrels that are up to their 16th year of use. "The older they are, the better," Bibi explains. As the wine opens in the glass, it presents pretty lilac and violet. This wine represents a blend of fruit from various sites (all with old vines that are farmed organically) across the region of Tuscany. The northern-most sites close to Florence tend to add the floral notes that are so characteristic of this cool vintage (which saw a bit more rain than average and extra work in the vineyards to kept these vines healthy). I visited the vineyards with Bibi in 2018 and remember how beautiful the grapes appeared on the vines. Much of the fruit used here comes from the Vigna del Cancello in Casciano del Murlo, which is midway between Siena and Montalcino. These southern sites give the wine its backbone and tannins. Bibi Graetz tells me that he struggled to create the blend for this 60,000-bottle release. He decided on a final blend, only to change his mind and re-blend two and a half months later. His second stab was specifically aimed at capturing finesse and softening the wine's tannic imprint. Indeed, the wine ultimately offers more in length (with fresh fruit flavors and bright acidity) than it does in power or mid-palate. The finish is silky, long and very fine.

94
Monica Larner, RobertParker.com, August 2020

Finely textured, with a nuanced perfume that fills the glass and takes you to the intense underbrush of Tuscany. Succulent and yet savoury, 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. Fermentations in open 225l barrels with natural yeasts and manual punch downs. Drinking Window 2024 - 2045.

100
Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine, August 2020
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