Bibi Graetz Colore Rosso

Toscana IGT, Tuscany

“Monumental, there is no better word to describe this vintage. Roundness in every single aspect of the wine: elegance, freshness and great acidy that gives very fine layers surprisingly detectable on the nose and at the first sip. Colore 2019 celebrates my 20th anniversary as a winemaker. It has been a great journey since 2000, full of satisfactions and now with this vintage I finally close the circle. My wines at the beginning were looking for structure and concentration, in 2009 I realized that “elegance” should have been the main drive. In 2019 I did it!” -Bibi Graetz

Vintage 2019 provided the best conditions for a full and healthy development of the plants. During the spring, the limited quantity of rain prevented the onset of illnesses. The summer was characterized by a good thermal excursion between day and night with a very “smooth” climate which gave the possibility to the grapes to ripen slowly and completely. The result was that the grapes had the perfect quantity of sugar and acidity with an incredible aromatic texture. The harvest started on September 21st and ended the 8th of October.

The grapes sourced for Colore were selected from 3 vineyards: Lamole, Vincigliata and Siena. Each vineyard was harvested up to 8 times, allowing to hand-pick the grapes at the perfect level of ripening. After the first selection in the vineyards, a second selection occurs at the winery before the destemming. At this stage the berries were softly pressed and placed in open-top barriques, with extreme attention on keeping each plot and parcel separate from the others. The fermentation is conducted by indigenous yeasts naturally with 6 to 8 manual punch-down and pump-over per day, without temperature control and without bleedings, and lasted up to 2 weeks, with one extra week of maceration on the skins. After the fermentation the wine is moved into new barriques, where the malolactic fermentation happens. Each parcel is aged separately for almost 20 months before the final blend is decided.

Colore is the highest expression of Bibi Graetz dream.  The drive of this wine is to create a pure excellence of Tuscany, a wine made with traditional Tuscan grapes sourced from some of the oldest and rarest vineyards of the region.  Sangiovese represent the structure and the power of the wine, Colorino fruits and velvety tannins, Canaiolo minerality and intensity. On the best few barrels of the whole production will become Colore.

Tasting Notes

"After the 2015 vintage I couldn't believe that the quality of the 2016 was even higher!  Walking in the vineyards during the harvest I had the impression of being in the middle of hundreds of bronze sculptures, the grapes looked like perfect artifacts.  I'm not surprised by the result of the wine, powerful, with a lot of tension and a solid structure.  Full bodied and dense, this Colore has a lot of blackberries, tobacco and plum."  -- Bibi Graetz

This vintage has a very high reputation all over Italy, especially in Tuscany.  2015 and 2016 has been some of the best vintages of the past years, in different ways.  In fact, 2015 is more approachable and less bodied and 2016 has more strength, complexity and structure.  The 2016 growing season has been very regular with a nice balance of rain and sun during spring and a mild winter before.  The vines had the chance to fully develop the vegetation, and the sporadic rains n Summer granted the right amount of water for the development of the grapes.  September and October had only a few days of rain and were mostly sunny allowing a long ripening time and harvest.  Harvest started the 26th of September and finished the 3rd of November.

After the first selection of grapes in the vineyards, a second selection occurs at the winery before the destemming.  The berries were at this stage softly pressed and placed in open-top barriques, with extreme attention on keeping each plot and parcel divided from the others.  The fermentation is conducted by indigenous yeasts naturally with 6 to 8 manual punchdowns per day, without temperature control and without bleedings, and lasted up to 2 weeks, with 1 extra week of maceration on the skins.  After the fermentation the wine is moved into new barriques, where the malolactic fermentation happens.  Every parcel is aged separately for almost 3 years before the final blend is decided.

The grapes sourced for Colore were selected from 3 vineyards: Lamole, Vincigliata and Siena.  Each vineyards was harvest up to 8 times, allowing to hand-pick the grapes at the right maturity point.

Colore is the highest expression of Bibi Graetz dream, from very old vineyards of Sangiovese, Canaiolo and Colorino. Poor soils mixed with sand and stone create the perfect terroir for a wine that tells a lot about Tuscany and its ancient taste. Sangiovese represents the structure and the power of the wine, Colorino fruits and velvety tannins, Canaiolo minerality and intensity. Only the best few barrels of the whole production will become Colore.

Tasting Notes

"2015 was an outstanding vintage and Colore 2015 in my opinion is its expression. The harvest was incredibly perfect, very healthy bunches of the same size and weight, something that neither appears to be part mad by nature. Excellent structure and balance, many layers of aromas, dark fruits, orange peel, herbal tones, rosemary and very delicate mineral hints. This Colore is a unique wine, I am surprised by its complexity."  -- Bibi Graetz

2015 was a superb vintage all over Tuscany and in some areas, we reached very high peaks of quality. The winter was rigid, cold and rainy followed by an irregular spring that lead into an exceptionally hot and dry summer, with a small difference of temperature between day and night and only few days of rain at the end of August. These features conceived the wines with a suitable level of concentration and fruity aromas.

After the first selection in the vineyards, a second selection occurs at the winery before the destemming. At this stage the berries were softly pressed and placed in open-top barriques, with extreme attention on keeping each plot and parcel separate from the others. The fermentation is conducted by indigenous yeasts naturally with 6 to 8 manual puch-down per day, without temperature control and without bleedings, and lasted up to 2 weeks, with one extra week of maceration on the skins. After the fermentation the wine is moved into new barriques, where the malolactic fermentation happens. Each parcel is aged separately for almost 3 years before the final blend is decided.

Sangiovese 80%
Canaiolo 10%
Colorino 10%

The grapes sourced for Colore were selected from 3 vineyards: Lamole, Vincigliata and Siena. Each vineyard was harvested up to 8 times, allowing to hand-pick the grapes at the perfect level of ripening.

Tasting Notes

Opulent and fresh with cedar, berry, tobacco, and orange-peel aromas, this medium-bodied wine has firm tannins and precise flavor which is powerful on the center palate followed by a nice length on the finish.

Fermentation takes place in open top barrels of 225 liters with 8-10 manual punch-downs per day.

Blend of 34% Sangiovese, 33% Canaiolo, and 33% Colorino

60 year-old vineyards on galestro and clay with a Guyot training system.

Tasting Notes

Opulent and fresh with cedar, berry, tobacco, and orange-peel aromas, this medium-bodied wine has firm tannins and precise flavor which is powerful on the center palate followed by a nice length on the finish.

Fermentation takes place in open top barrels of 225 liters with 8-10 manual punch-downs per day.

Blend of 34% Sangiovese, 33% Canaiolo, and 33% Colorino

60 year-old vineyards on galestro and clay with a Guyot training system.

Tasting Notes

Opulent and fresh with cedar, berry, tobacco, and orange-peel aromas, this medium-bodied wine has firm tannins and precise flavor which is powerful on the center palate followed by a nice length on the finish.

Fermentation takes place in open top barrels of 225 liters with 8-10 manual punch-downs per day.

Blend of 34% Sangiovese, 33% Canaiolo, and 33% Colorino

60 year-old vineyards on galestro and clay with a Guyot training system.

  • 93

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    Wine Enthusiast, April 2022

    "Forest berry, camphor, toasted nut and floral aromas lift out of the glass on this linear red. The elegantly structured, focused palate features juicy red cherry, blood orange, espresso and star anise alongside taut, refined tannins. It's balanced, with fresh acidity."

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    Wine Advocate, August 2021

    "Dressed for a party, the Bibi Graetz 2019 Colore celebrates the estate's 20th anniversary with a special commemorative (2000-2019) bottle. This vintage of Colore is 100% Sangiovese (the small part of Colorino in the blend we saw last year has been removed) because Bibi thought the Sangiovese elegant enough to stand alone. Fruit comes from three vineyard sites with 70-, 80- and 90-year-old vines, respectively. The wine offers big intensity and beautifully lifted aromas and more textural support than we saw in the slightly thinner 2018 vintage. The bouquet reveals balsam herb, cassis, pressed rose, garden mint and crushed stone. Fruit from the southern-most site, Poggio Matto in Casciano del Murlo (in the province of Siena), was blended in at a greater percentage to help build the structure and momentum of this cellar-worthy wine."

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    Decanter, October 2021

    "This is one of the wines of the tasting, a real showstopper that captures your interest and holds it all the way. A real success."

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  • 99

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    James Suckling, July 2021

    "This is so perfumed and seductive, with blackberries, cherries, dried flowers and perfume. It’s full-bodied and tight with very fine tannins. Really structured and long. Superb tannin texture. So fine, yet so powerful. This is an incredible combination of fruit and structure. Old-vine magic. Drink after 2026."

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    Wine Spectator, June 2019

    "This is suave and expands on the palate, with cherry, black currant, mineral and woodsy underbrush notes. Shows purity to the fruit, along with support from the fine-grained tannins and lively acidity. Excellent length. Sangiovese, Canaiolo and Colorino. Drink now through 2029.—"

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    Wine Advocate, August 2019

    "A blend of Sangiovese (at about 80% of the mix), Canaiolo and Colorino from three far-removed vineyard parcels in different areas of Tuscany, the 2016 Colore is something of a pan-Tuscan wine. This ambitious wine gives voice to three of the region's most important red grape varieties as well as its most diverse territories (Lamole in Chianti Classico, Vincigliata near Florence and Siena province in the southern part of Tuscany). As a result, this is a statement wine with a lot to say to those careful enough to listen. It's important to be attentive to the details, the small berry fruit aromas that intermingle with nuances of spice, granite stone and pressed blue flower. Pure summer cherry is the dominant aroma on first nose, but it slowly disintegrates as the wine takes on more air to reveal those lighter and more delicate aromas at the back. This vintage offers an ideal dose of structure matched against freshness. Bibi Graetz tells me that fruit in 2015 was beautiful, perfect to look at. Fruit in 2016, however, appeared more sculpted with more darkness and weight. On some level, those descriptions also apply to the character of these two gorgeous back-to-back vintages. Some 6,000 bottles were made."

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    James Suckling, June 2019

    "The aromas are always so complex with cherries, blackberries, rosemary, sage and spice. Full-bodied, very tight and polished with a dense and powerful palate, which opens and grows, yet remains agile and beautiful. A solid red. Wonderful segue from the 2015. 80 per cent sangiovese with colorino and canaiolo. Try after 2022."

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    Wine Advocate, September 2018

    "The 2015 Colore is a breakthrough wine for Bibi Graetz and his unique approach to winemaking and fruit sourcing. Remember, this renegade Tuscan vintner dedicates much of his intellectual effort to discovering the ancient vines and vineyards he wants to farm. He is like a high level garagiste who does not pretend to limit his fruit selection to vines under his direct ownership. This affords a level of versatility and range that is not common to the many family-owned estates of Italian viticulture that focus their efforts on their own land. Colore is a blend of equal parts Sangiovese, Canaiolo and Colorino from three sites (Lamole, Vincigliata and Siena). The 2013 and 2014 vintages were skipped, and Bibi Graetz has moved forward directly to 2015. I tasted this wine from four bottles: one opened the previous day at lunch, one opened the night before, one opened that morning and one opened just before I poured the sample into may glass. This approach awarded an interesting panoramic view of the wine's evolution, but in truth, it did not change as much as you might think. I mean this in a positive way, because the wine in no way tasted flat or oxidative. Of course, the recently opened bottles showed some nervous and rigid qualities, whereas the bottles that had been open longer were softer, more expressive and more fleshed out. Colore offers dark and determined quality of fruit with layered tones of ripe cherry, dried blackberry, spice and grilled herb. Elegant mineral tones also appear. This is a unique wine with a personality that marries a wild side to a sophisticated one. This is a singular Tuscan red"

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    James Suckling, November 2018

    "This is wonderful on the nose with orange peel and even lime. Leather and hints of cherries. Some savory rosemary undertones and smoked meat. Forest floor, too. Full-bodied, tight and focused. A serious finish that is polished, dense and fresh. Excellent structure. 80% sangiovese with colorino and canniolo. Needs three to four years to come together, but it’s already excellent."

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    Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, October 2018

    "Muscular and concentrated, yet with a sense of elegance derived from vibrant acidity, this red displays black cherry, blackberry, leather, iron and tobacco flavors. Consistent from the start to the long finish. Sangiovese, Canaiolo and Colorino. Best from 2020 through 2028. 100 cases imported."

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  • 90

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    Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, September 2018

    "The 2012 Colore is on the market now. Production of 2013 and 2014 was skipped, and the next vintage we shall see (very soon) is 2015, which is also reviewed in this report. This vintage produced large berry sizes for Sangiovese—something Bibi Graetz is always happy to see because it is an indicator of elegance and finesse within the context of the house style. If you consider this wine, his observation makes perfect sense. This warm vintage is powerful and rich in its natural state, so any additional berry density might easily lead to overextraction and heaviness. However, the mouthfeel is objectively thinner and more compact in this vintage. Colore represents a blend of Sangiovese, Canaiolo and Colorino in equal parts. The bouquet is redolent of wild berry, dried cherry and toasted spice. This vintage offers a very attractive mineral note as well. Fruit is selected from three of Bibi Graetz's favorite vineyards with ancient vines: Lamole (in Chianti Classico), Vincigliata and Siena. Only 5,000 bottles were made."

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  • 94

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    Wine Advocate, September 2018

    "The 2012 Colore is on the market now. Production of 2013 and 2014 was skipped, and the next vintage we shall see (very soon) is 2015, which is also reviewed in this report. This vintage produced large berry sizes for Sangiovese—something Bibi Graetz is always happy to see because it is an indicator of elegance and finesse within the context of the house style. If you consider this wine, his observation makes perfect sense. This warm vintage is powerful and rich in its natural state, so any additional berry density might easily lead to overextraction and heaviness. However, the mouthfeel is objectively thinner and more compact in this vintage. Colore represents a blend of Sangiovese, Canaiolo and Colorino in equal parts. The bouquet is redolent of wild berry, dried cherry and toasted spice. This vintage offers a very attractive mineral note as well. Fruit is selected from three of Bibi Graetz's favorite vineyards with ancient vines: Lamole (in Chianti Classico), Vincigliata and Siena. Only 5,000 bottles were made."

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    James Suckling, August 2017

    "A luscious red with dried berry, cherry and hints of cedar and tea. Full body, fine and velvety tannins and a long and flavorful finish. This is compacted and tight with great depth. Drink or hold."

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    James Suckling, April 2021

    "Linear drive to this medium-bodied wine now, offering dark berries, mushrooms and some flowers and spices. Tight and racy. Drink or hold."

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    James Suckling, April 2021

    "A chewy and fruity wine with blackberry, blueberry and cedar. Some flowers. It’s full-bodied and round. Slightly hollow in the center palate. Drink now."

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