Mission Codename Nutz
A short list of things you don’t see every day:
- Sharks swimming in the streets of Tampa during a hurricane
- A fresh drop of 97 POINT Testamatta at this price
Count yourself lucky if you are NOT in the shark group, but rather, one of the chosen few who get a chance to score the one and only TESTAMATTA at our price today. And on a serious note, much love to any of our Ops in Southern Florida - we hope you’re doing OK in the wake of Ian.
Testamatta by Bibi Graetz is THE Tuscan wine to own. Bibi is an artist whose parents just happened to own a castle overlooking Florence with some primo plantings. Long story short, he decided to take a crack at making wine. And today, Testamatta represents one of Italy’s best wines. Period. End of story.
It’s a perennial high scorer (many 100 points) and coveted by oenophiles around the world. That we have ANY is a feat in itself, but to offer it at this price?! You just love to see it. Antonio Galloni does too: “I continue to be impressed with the beautiful, highly singular, expressive wines of Bibi Graetz.”
James Suckling echoes that “Bibi Graetz is an iconoclastic Tuscan winemaker who takes a unique approach to winemaking… looks for richness, yet finesse, and great length and depth in his wines. His wines age really well, even though the first vintage of Testamatta was 2000. Graetz has an affinity for old vines, particularly indigenous grape types such as Sangiovese, Colorino, and Colore. There’s always a touch of genius in his reds…”
And this, their 20th Anniversary vintage, is truly something special.
100% Sangiovese, all sourced from the absolute best blocks where very old 50–80-year vines grow. We’ll just borrow a page from Decanter “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.” Yes! MOREISH is what we like in a wine.
Very little to spare on this quiet Sunday. Claim yours while it’s here…
97 Points – 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 Points – 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. Drink 2024-2045.”
96 Points – Fallstaff
“Sparkling ruby, luminous. Intense and appealing nose with lots of ripe plums, black cherry, plus some porcini mushrooms and dark olive paste. Powerful on the palate, crisp, precise fruit, juicy, lots of fine-grained tannin, long finish.”
What the Winery Says
2019 'Testamatta 20 Anniversario' Toscana IGT
- Bibi Graetz
- 100% Sangiovese
- Chianti Classico, Tuscany
- Average Vine Age
- 35-80 years old
- Sandy, clay, rich in limestone with abundant rocks
- 400-600 meters above sea level
- 21 September - 8 October
- 20 months
- Old Barriques