Bibi Graetz Testamatta 2005

Bibi Graetz Testamatta 2005

Bibi Graetz Testamatta 2005 has been sat in my cellar now for a few months and with the recent review of Bibi Graetz Testamatta 2006 from Wine Spectator getting an unbelievable 98 points it seems the time was right to pop what I already knew was a good wine and see if the 2005 comes anywhere close to that impressive. I’ve been neglecting Tuscany a little over the past few weeks but tonight with the rain pelting down on Venice I needed to be taken away to another terroir and I don’t think another bottle wraps up Tuscany in the way this Bibi Graetz wine does.

The Bibi Graetz vineyards are just outside of Florence, not where you would expect to find a wine scoring 98 points or indeed a wine so frequently lauded by all critics, national and international. Yet it is here that a very small production, only around 25,000 bottles, of one of Tuscanys best blended wines is grown. The 2006 is available from September and with that score you will want to buy a case and with a current retail point of €69 this wine is perfect for those who like to buy a case to drink and a case for investment (so in actual fact you are drinking your world class Super Tuscans for free, nice eh?)

Look at that funky label. Which top Italian design team came up with that? Well actually, the multi talented Bibi Graetz himself created the image on the bottle that gives that last official rubber stamp of uniqueness and authenticity to this wine. Although this wine isn’t from Bolgheri it’s still an ITG Super Tuscan and if the 2006 is 98 Points and €69 you have here the best value Super Tuscan on the market.

Another thing Bibi Graetz do exceptionally well is promote the best of the local grapes. Whereas your other Super Tuscans will use Cabernet Sauvignon, Franc and Merlot alongside Sangiovese, Graetz opts to include Colorino, Canaiolo and Malvasia Nera into the blend depending on their individual growing successes in each vintage. So what of the 2005? Actually it was all Sangiovese this time around, and while I like it very much, I don’t like it 98 points. I can’t wait to try this 2006 vintage!

Bibi Graetz Testamatta 2005BUY – €65
Vibrant dark ruby red in the glass, particularly nice colour, dark hues. Large and forward aromas of plums, blackberries and cassis, a small hint of floral notes. Best on the palate the wine is superbly balanced with some nice toast on the mid palate as well as some fruit. Not fruit forward but a luscious mouth feel and firm tannins which suggest I’m here too early. Drink after 2010. 92 Points

This is one of those wines where I can envisage a higher score in a few years time but for today it’s 92 points to my palate.

Where can I buy this wine?
Europeans - Vinpiu - €65
Americans – Wine Library – $79.98
Brits - Fine and Rare – £40
Australians – Not sure! If anyone knows tell me and I’ll add it!

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Last night I was looking at the prices of some Chateau Y’quem and making my fantasy league of wines I need to buy over the next 10 years. I dream of Y’quem but know I will settle for a 2003 Rieussec :oD Which is your fantasy wine and what will you end up settling for?!
Italian Wine Blog – Wine90

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