Bibi Graetz Grilli Super Tuscan Red 2018
In Florence to have "Grilli" (crickets in Italian) means to be a dreamer. This wine, born from the partnership with Mondavi, reflects the creative style and the dynamism of Bibi Graetz. With this wine Bibi decided to break his own rule and make a wine which is not made by indigenous Tuscan grapes, but a wine made from international varieties, following the definition of "Supertuscan" and using Cabernet and Merlot.
Under the ruby color, the nose is intense and complex. This is a dry, full-bodied, and woody red featuring refreshing acidity. On the palate, it showcases fleshy tannins and a broad mouthfeel that leads into a long finish. 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot & 20% Syrah
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.
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Soft, Silky and well balanced. Hints of nice ripe fruit. Goes great with pasta, pizza and chicken parm.
The Bibi Graetz 2018 Grilli is an entry-level blend of Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Merlot that pours from the bottle with a darkly saturated color and visible richness. To the palate, the wine offers generous tones of black fruit, dried blackberry, spice, cedar wood and rum cake. There is a lot to take in with this medium to full-bodied blended red from Tuscany. The wine's fruity richness continues to the palate, and the finish is driven by just enough acidity to add freshness and zest. As the wine opens, you get a hint of spice or savory maple syrup. This wine is very much alive in terms of mouthfeel, and it makes a great near-term drinking choice for a hearty pasta dish with wild boar sauce.
Shows lots of energy and density with freshness at the same time. This cabernet sauvignon and merlot blend delivers a vibrant and juicy vibe. No wood. Drink and enjoy. by James Suckling, JS, 2019.