Bibi Graetz Grilli del Testamatta Toscana 2008

In 2000, Bibi Graetz founded his winery 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 artistturned- winemaker began producing classic Tuscan varietals in the 1990s as the family’s vineyard contracts began to expire. Together 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 wine from Tuscany and named it, “One of Tuscany’s true cult wines. Bibi’s affinity for old vines, particularly indigenous grape varieties such as Sangiovese, Ansonica, Colorino and Colore is almost as well known as his colorful and often provocative wine names and labels. The estate vineyards in Fiesole are grown in soils composed of well draining clay, marl and Galestro, and the wines produced from these soils Testamatta, Colore, Soffocone di Vincigliata and Grilli del Testamatta are characterized by complex aromas and elegant tannins. The Casamatta wines are produced from vineyards located throughout Tuscany. The the Casamatta Bianco is made from grapes grown in the village of Castiglione della Pescaia in Maremma. The Casamatta Rose is produced using Sangiovese and Canaiolo from vineyards located in the hills north of Florence, near the town of Fiesole. The Sangiovese that goes into the Casamatta Rosso are grown in vineyards located in southern and central Tuscany. Since 2004, Bibi has made the wine himself and takes an equally hands-on approach in the vineyard. Yields are kept to a minimum and grapes are left on the vine to achieve full phenolic ripeness. Bibi ferments his Sangiovese wine in small open-top wood vats, pigeage is done by hand, and the finished wine matures in French oak barrels. [+]