A smoother, sexier, softer, satiny, succulent Super Tuscan does not exist than "Hot Head." â€śSeparate vinification for every varietal with nearly whole grapes in open barriques, no pressing, and knowledgeable blending and ageing are a few of the secrets of the amazing Testamatta...having grown up around chisels and marble, the paint brushes and canvases of an artistic family, Bibi Graetz has transferred his creative instinct from his sculptures and paintings to grapes. His great insight was understanding the potential, still untapped, of the territory of Vincigliata in Fiesole, with lots of minerals on a clay and galestro foundation softened by sand. Separate vinification for every varietal left almost entirely uncrushed in open barriques, no pressing, and a wise blending and refinement are just some of the secrets of the amazing Testamattaâ€¦However, the series of wines made this year are so suberb that they cannot even be compared with the best offerings of recent years, which had already raised such clamor.â€ť - Daniel Thomases With the 2005 vintage, the wine is now 100% Sangiovese fermented in open oak barrels and aged in new oak barriques for 18 months, followed by 6 months in bottle. The 2005 vintage has a structure for long aging potential and is polished but unmistakably Tuscan. The harvest, usually beginning around mid-September, is the moment which most clearly highlights the detailed cure which goes into every detail of this wine. Precise harvest time is determined with accuracy, to ensure that the grapes can give the maximum expression of their characteristics in the cellar. Age of vines: 30-65 years Number of cases produced annually: 1,200
|The 2005 Testamatta is 100% Sangiovese aged 18 months in new French oak. It is a beautiful, pleasing Testamatta in its sweet red cherry fruit layered with sweet toasted oak. The wine remains quite vibrant and in need of further bottle in age in order for the full range of its aromas and flavors to come through. This shows notable harmony. It is a terrific effort from one of Italy-s finest growers. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2022.
Bibi Graetz-s wines always make me smile because they have an almost child-like joy about them.
|Bibi Graetz founded his winery in 2000 on the grounds of his family’s home, Castello di Vincigliata. Located in the hills of Fiesole just north of Florence, the Castello is surrounded by 7.4 acres of vines that were planted by Bibi’s parents in 1971. A graduate of the Academia dell'Arte in Florence, this artist-turned-winemaker began producing classic Tuscan varietals in the 1990s when the family’s vineyard contracts began to expire. In collaboration with consulting winemaker Alberto Antonini, Bibi produced his first vintage in 2000 and the wines quickly gained critical acclaim. In 2006, Wine Specator named Testamatta as its top Tuscan wine, describing it as, "One of Tuscany's true cult wines.”
Bibi is equally well known for his affinity for old vines and indigenous grape varietals (E.g. Sangiovese, Ansonica, Colorino and Colore) as he is for his colorful and often provocative wine names and labels. Sourcing fruit grown from old vines in Fiesole and the island of Giglio, off the Tuscan coast, Bibi’s winemaking philosophy is based on sincerity of expression. The wines are handcrafted, honest statements of terroir, tradition and varietal. Beginning in 2004, Bibi took over full winemaking responsibilities. He keeps grapes yields to a minimum, ferments his Sangiovese in small open-top wood vats, does pigeage by hand and matures his finished wine in French oak barrels.