Grape(s): 60% Vermentino, 30% Trebbiano, 10% Ansonico
Localization: Tuscany, Italy
Tasting Notes: A fresh, crunchy, and sapid blend that brings with it the sea breeze and perfumes of the Maremma wine region. Zesty aroma of orange and peach flowers, then citrus and acidity from Vermentino; pear, exotic fruits, balance, and body from Trebbiano and Ansonica.
Notes: The grapes are hand-picked and fermented in stainless steel tanks, destemmed, and soft pressed with dry ice. The fermentation is done at a very low temperature to keep the freshness of the wines and last 2 weeks. The blended wines will age for 3 months in tanks before being bottled.
The Domain: From a medieval castle, Castello di Vincigliata, acquired by his parents over 60 years ago, winemaker Bibi Graetz crafts his wines on a hillside overlooking the great city of Florence. Beginning initially with only a small, 5-acre vineyard on this hillside in Fiesole, in little under two decades, Bibi has become one of Italy's most ingenious winemakers adding "cult winemaker" in addition to "talented abstract artist" to his dossier.
Since the release of his first wines in 2000 and without any formal training, Bibi Graetz has managed to stir-up the Tuscan wine scene, and with the creation of Testamatta and Colore, has made his name eponymous with great Tuscan wines. Regularly scoring in the high 90’s with wine publications like Wine Spectator, Wine Advocate, and James Suckling, coupled with his unique and artisanal winemaking approach, Bibi Graetz’s wines have garnered a loyal following among wine collectors and wine trade.
Sourcing grapes from parcels of old vines around Tuscany give the Bibi reds great depth and soul; while grapes from vines on the Isola del Giglio have provided proof that Tuscany can be known for beautiful white wines as well. This affinity for old vines allows for the concentrated yet elegant wines of Bibi Graetz making this portfolio a collectible from Tuscan producers. His passion for producing his flagship wines exclusively from traditional varieties of Sangiovese, Colorino, and Canaiolo for the reds and the indigenous varieties of Ansonica and Vermentino for his whites have resulted in very distinctive wines that consistently set his wines apart from those from the rest of Tuscany, and Italy.