Bibi Graetz has definitely earned the title of cult winemaker. He’s a true iconoclast, even by Tuscan standards - a former artist and self-taught producer who’s rejected both the winemaking handcuffs of the Chianti DOCG and the international varieties favoured by the Super Tuscans.
Bibi’s path is very much his own. In the vineyard, he champions old vines and native Tuscan varieties like Colorino, Canaiolo and of course Sangiovese. In the winery (located in a medieval castle no less) it’s all indigenous yeasts, free-run juice and maximum fruit expression.
This Casamatta Rosso is made from 100% Sangiovese and has all the juicy red cherries and earthy notes you associate with a Chianti, but it's brighter and fresher than you may expect. That comes from the stainless steel fermentation, which upholds the natural acidity of the grapes and brings the vibrant fruit to the fore. Bibi calls this a playful wine. We think that pretty much nails it.
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