Red, For laying down

2005 Testamatta, Bibi Graetz, Tuscany, Italy

2005 Testamatta, Bibi Graetz, Tuscany, Italy

Red | For laying down | Bibi Graetz | Code:  58854 | 2005 | Italy > Tuscany > IGT Tuscany | Sangiovese | Full Bodied, Dry | 13.0 % alcohol

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The Wine Advocate

93/100

The Wine Advocate - The 2005 Testamatta is 100% Sangiovese aged 18 months in new French oak. It is a beautiful, pleasing Testamatta in its sweet red cherry fruit layered with sweet toasted oak. The wine remains quite vibrant and in need of further bottle in age in order for the full range of its aromas and flavors to come through. This shows notable harmony. It is a terrific effort from one of Italy's finest growers. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2022.
Antonio Galloni - 30/06/2008

The Producer

Bibi Graetz

Bibi Graetz

The Grape

Sangiovese

Sangiovese

A black grape widely grown in Central Italy and the main component of Chianti and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano as well as being the sole permitted grape for the famed Brunello di Montalcino.

It is a high yielding, late ripening grape that performs best on well-drained calcareous soils on south-facing hillsides. For years it was blighted by poor clonal selection and massive overcropping - however since the 1980s the quality of Sangiovese-based wines has rocketed upwards and they are now some of the most sought after in the world.

It produces wines with pronounced tannins and acidity, though not always with great depth of colour, and its character can vary from farmyard/leather nuances through to essence of red cherries and plums. In the 1960s the advent of Super Tuscans saw bottlings of 100% Sangiovese wines, as well as the introduction of Sangiovese/Cabernet Sauvignon blends, the most famous being Tignanello.

The Region

IGT Tuscany

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