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Bibi Graetz Testamatta Toscana 20th Anniversario 2019 (Magnum 1.5L)  - First Bottle


97 James Suckling -
Very attractive combination of dried fruit and spices with black cherries and plums. Aromas of flowers and sandalwood, too. Full-bodied and very refined, yet intense, with plush, velvety tannins that are wonderfully integrated and intertwined with the fruit. Ripe center palate. Tight at the end, suggesting the need for some serious bottle age. Very structured. Try after 2025.
96 Decanter -
The 20th anniversary bottling of Testamatta made, from the 2019 vintage, in brand new winemaking facilities in Florence. This just shines from the moment it’s poured. Layered and complex this is a gem of a wine filled with cherry, raspberry, damson and caramel notes alongside a savoury edge that makes it so moreish. Tannins that support but don't overwhelm give a nice overall weight to the palate while the flavous linger on the long finish. Made from old vines on stony soils on the Tuscan hilltops. Grapes are selected and sourced from the best five vineyards, which are divided into parcels and harvested up to eight times. Fermentation is in open-top barriques for the smaller parcels and in barrels or stainless steel for the larger ones without any temperature controls. Maceration for 7-10 days then moved into old barriques for 20 months.
96 Falstaff -
Dark ruby ??garnet, violet reflections, subtle lightening of the edges. Fine nuances of red berries, a hint of cherries, fresh orange zest, delicately reminiscent of strawberries, complex bouquet. Medium-bodied, fresh and balanced, fine, ripe tannins, mineral touch on the finish, very balanced, a fine accompaniment to food.
94 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate -
A pure expression of Sangiovese, the Bibi Graetz 2019 Testamatta is a wine in constant evolution. Bibi has added 17 more hectares of vineyard to the program, with 12 hectares in Fiesole (north of Florence) and 5 hectares in San Donato in Colle (south of Florence) with 70-year-old vines. The base of the wine sees fruit from old vines planted in the 1950s in the cool-climate Lamole subzone of Chianti Classico. These new terroirs bring a lot more aromatic nuance and complexity to the wine with perfumed blue flower, candied orange peel, wet earth and plumy black fruit. White Alberese soils add a strong chalky mineral signature to the finish of this elegantly streamlined and linear Tuscan red.
92 Wine Enthusiast -
Delicate aromas of red berry, sunbaked earth and dark spice shape the nose along with a whiff of Mediterranean scrub. Bright and elegantly structured, the linear palate features juicy Marasca cherry, crushed raspberry and baking spice framed in polished tannins. Drink through 2029.
90 Wine Spectator -
A sleek, well-delineated red, delivering cherry and raspberry flavors on an elegant frame. Fresh, and builds nicely on the mineral- and floral-laced finish. Drink now through 2028. 10,000 cases made, 2,500 cases imported.

Technical Details

  • Blend100% Sangiovese
  • CountryItaly
  • RegionTuscany
  • AppellationTuscany
  • VineyardVincigliata, Londa, Lamole, Montefili and Siena
  • Aging/Cooperage20 months
  • Alcohol14%

Bibi Graetz Testamatta Toscana 20th Anniversario 2019 (Magnum 1.5L)

Sangiovese  |  Italy
JS97, D96, FS96, WA94, WE92

28% off retail!

97 POINT, Special Edition, 20th Anniversary bottling from the one and only Bibi Graetz…in MAGNUM!!! This is a one-off bottling commemorating twenty years of Tuscany’s most colorful character – and the wine that has forever changed the game in Tuscany’s elite wine circles.

Graetz exploded onto the Tuscan wine scene in 2000, buying up old vine plots at high elevations in some of the tippy-top best spots throughout Tuscany. Testamatta is his self-portrait, naming the wine “crazy head” after himself. Hailing from a family of artists, his rise to the very top of Tuscany’s wine scene over the past 20 years has been unconventional (to put it mildly!). But with slews of 97+ point scores, his modern, think-outside-the-box style has paid off in a momentous, Tuscan landscape-altering way!

At a time when all of Tuscany was trying to duplicate the success of Ornellaia, Sassacaia, and the wave after wave of Super-Tuscan style wines made from Bordeaux varieties – Bibi swam against the current, protecting Tuscany’s heritage varieties – sangiovese, colorino, and canaiolo – and strategically selecting the highest elevation sites for an advantage in the inevitable battles to come. Now, twenty years in, the shift is tangible – and while Super-Tuscans don’t look to be going anywhere anytime soon, there is a new movement to embrace the heritage clones and ancient sites of Tuscany – a movement that may never have occurred without Bibi’s success.

100% sangiovese, fruit sourced from the best 5 vineyard plots, with vines starting at 50 years old, fermented and aged in new barrels…made at his medieval castle, Castello di Vincigliata overlooking Florence. This is an eye-opening effort that even gave the maestro himself pause.

“The 20th Anniversary of Testamatta is a real milestone, the peak of quality that I was searching for in my Sangiovese since the first vintage in 2000. Testamatta 2019 is perfectly balanced with deep layers which show an incredible complexity.” – Bibi

Beautiful and seductive nose of morello cherries, peonies, sandalwood, and mocha, giving way to flavors of dried plums, more cherries, lavender, raspberry coulis, balsam, and toasted black pepper. TASTY! The wine is light, yet formidable, with velvety fine tannins, lingering and delicate oak notes, brimming with roasted spices, and a lip-smacking finish. This is a magnum to savor, and one that will proudly stand as a gem in any cellar, and for decades to come. Don’t miss these extremely limited beauties, especially at a price of over $80 below retail!

PAIRING IDEAS: This big bottle deserves an even bigger steak… and there’s no better match than the region’s famous Bistecca alla Fiorentina. Basically, an extra thick 3+ pound porterhouse served family style. It’s a beast, and this beauty is just the fit to tame it.

MUSIC SUGGESTIONS: Give a listen to Blue Foundation’s “Eyes on Fire” – a modern-day Danish band that pulls heavily from the early 90s alt-rock, grunge metal style.

About the Producer

"Testamatta" – "crazy-head" in Italian - is the best word to describe Bibi Graetz: a positive, creative and passionate person. Testamatta wine expresses the purity, minerality and transparency of Sangiovese from old vines on the top of the hills characterized by soils rich of stones. A Super tuscan made with 100% Sangiovese, result of the combination of tradition and creativity. Elegance, this is the word that describes Testamatta 2019. The 20th Anniversary of Testamatta is a real milestone, the peak of quality that I was searching in my Sangiovese since the first vintage in 2000. Testamatta 2019 is perfectly balanced with deep layers which shown an incredible complexity.