2011 Bibi Graetz "Casamatta" Toscana Rosso

SKU #1124211 90 points Wine Spectator

 Notes of blackberry and black cherry are accented by tobacco and spice in this concentrated red, which is fresh and lively, with a firm finish. Drink now through 2014.  (10/ 2012)

James Suckling

 Another fresh and fruity young wine with lovely cherry and lemon character. Medium body, with light tannins and a clean finish. Always excellent value.  (11/ 2012)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2011 Casamatta Rosso is an attractive, juicy wine bursting with sweet red berries, flowers, licorice, mint and spices. It shows lovely body and depth in a fresh, vinous style best suited for near-term drinking. Aging should not be a problem, as I imagine most bottles will be long gone by the time that is an issue. The Casamatta Rosso is a terrific value, too. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2014.  (6/ 2012)

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By: Greg St. Clair |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/15/2013  | Send Email
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This is a drinker! Bibi has given us a real bargain, something for everyday drinking that is balanced, fresh, full of light strawberry/cherry fruit but not simple at all. This wine shows good structure yet is supple on the palate and has a surprisingly long finish for wines in this category. Taste a sip of Tuscany!
Drink from 2013 to 2015

By: Chris Miller |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/2/2013  | Send Email
I don't remember exactly when or where I first came across the wines of Bibi Graetz, but I've been a fan for close to a decade (his first wines hit the states in 2001 or 2002). This entry level offering is a stunner for the paltry price tag. Lovely, bouncy red cherry and red raspberry on the nose, the wine has a zesty fruit profile that brings to mind cru Beaujolais. Soft yet well structured tannins, nice length and depth on the palate, and a complexity that would lead me to believe this wine could be double the price makes for one heck of a Tuesday night sipper. Buy this one by the case. CM

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Varietal:

Sangiovese

- The most widely planted grape in Italy is Sangiovese, a high-acid grape with moderate to high tannins, apparent earthiness and subtle fruit. It is thought to have originated in Tuscany and its name, which translates to "blood of Jove," leads historians to believe it may date all the way back to the Etruscan period, though historical mentions only go as far back as the early 1700s. Though planted all over modern Italy, the most significant wines made from Sangiovese still come from Tuscany: Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino. Sangiovese must make up 75% of a blend from the Chianti DOCG t be labeled as such, traditionally allowing for Canaiolo, Trebbiano and Malvasia for the remainder, though more recently small proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot have been allowed. In Brunello di Montalcino the wine must be made entirely of Sangiovese. Prugnolo is Montepulciano's name for Sangiovese, and it is used there for the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wines. In the DOC of Carmignano Sangiovese can be blended with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. There are also Super Tuscans, IGT wines that blend Sangiovese with large proportions of Cabernet or Merlot. Elsewhere in Italy it is a workhorse grape, though it does find some success (though not the longevity) in the Montefalco and Torgiano wines of Umbria as well as the foundation of Rosso Piceno and a significant element of Rosso Conero from the Marches. Like Nebbiolo, Sangiovese has struggled to find footing outside of Italy, though in recent years California wineries have been having better fortune with grape plantings in the Sierra Foothills/El Dorado County, as well as Sonoma County and the Central Coast.
Country:

Italy

- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.
Sub-Region:

Tuscany

Alcohol Content (%): 13.5