29
May

Bibi Graetz for Why Not Wednesday

Bibi Graetz founded his winery in 2000 on the grounds of his family’s home, Castello di Vincigliata which is located in the hills of Fiesole just north of Florence, Italy. The 7.4 acre vineyard that surrounds the Castello was 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 1990’s 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 Spectator named Testamatta as its top Tuscan wine in and, “One of Tuscany’s true cult wines.”

 

Bibi’s affinity for indigenous grape varietals — like Sangiovese, Ansonica, Colorino and Colore — is as well known as his often provocative wine names and labels. Sourcing old vine fruit from vineyards in Fiesole and the island of Giglio, off the Tuscan coast, Bibi’s winemaking philosophy revolves around sincerity of expression. The wines are handcrafted, honest statements of terroir, tradition and varietal. Since 2004, Bibi has made the wine himself and is equally hands-on in the vineyard. Yields are kept to a minimum – Sangiovese is fermented in small open-top wood vats, pigeage is done by hand and the finished wine matures in French oak barrels.

 

2015 Bibi Graetz Casamatta Bianco, Vermentino :: $15 Sale $14
This wine is lively. All at once it gives texture, balanced between bright acidity and bold velvety body. For such a modest price this wine delivers. Hints of flowers, citrus fruit along with tropical fruits on the nose give this wine instant appeal. A blend of 60% Vermentino, 30% Trebbiano and 10% Moscato are fermented separately with natural yeasts then blended and finished in steel and finally the bottle.

 

2015 Bibi Graetz Scopeto Bianco, Vermentino :: $24 Sale $20

Pale straw yellow colour, tending to greenish. On the nose, fruity aromas of delicate white fruits, floral hints of broom and wild flowers. A slight mineral note in the background due to Vermentino. In the mouth it is exquisitely fresh and intense; the olfactory essences recognized on the nose are fully perceived. Scopeto Toscana IGT by BiBi Graetz is a fresh and crunchy white wine, perfect to combine with fish dishes, fried fish and vegetables, white meats and light risottos with vegetables.

 

2015 Bibi Graetz Casamatta Rosso, Sangiovese :: $15 Sale $14
“Casamatta” translates directly in Italian to “crazy house” and reflects Bibi’s fun-loving character. But while the wine has a wacky name, it doesn’t make it any less important. Graetz doesn’t see his Casamatta wines as afterthoughts; he sees them as a reflection of his capability and style. As the most attainable both in flavor and price, and ultimately in value, these are the wines that will reach the most people. The Casamatta Rosso is a full-bodied, easy, and stylish red from one of Tuscany’s top producers. It is totally accessible and ready to drink upon release! On top of all of that, the grapes are farmed organically—totally a rare occurrence at this price!

 

2015 Bibi Graetz Soffocone di Vincigliata, Sangiovese :: $54 Sale $48

Soffocone is an absolute gem of a Tuscan red. Containing all the declassified fruit from Graetz’s hyper-expensive flagship wines, it’s an under-the-radar blockbuster and offers phenomenal value for money.Hints of coffee, leather, and wild berries on the nose with a velvety, silky texture on the palate. This wine has very elegant tannins with a long and persistent finish. Pair with rare steaks, wild boar and roasted game bird dishes.

 

Manuel Manzaneque SuarezWe start sippin’ and tastin’ at 4pm. Hope you can make it! Tag your pics #pickitupatpearl and #Neverabadbottle so we can CHEERS! 

 

 

 


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