Where: W Bar by Wing Hop Fung
When: Thursday October 18th, 6-7:45 PM
Cost: $30/person at the door
Extra Special Array of Wines from Superstar Italian Winemaker, Bibi Graetz!
Greetings W Bar Friends!
If you want to try one of Italy's great cult wines, along with five other amazing vinous offerings from the legendary winemaker, Bibi Graetz, then you will not want to miss the W Bar tasting this Thursday.
The W Bar welcomes the wonderful Chloe Dickson of the Folio Group who will pour Bibi's wines and education you about how fantastic they are.
Described as "an artist, both on canvas and in the winery," Bibi Graetz is self taught. He grew up in his family's Tuscan castle - where he still lives incidentally! - and has always tended to take a free approach to his winemaking, not allowing himself to be constrained by many of the rules and regulations that guide most Chianti production.
He reached fame in the early 2000s when his wines (produced from organic grapes he grows himself along with grapes from Tuscany's top estates), emerged on the scene, captivating wine lovers around the world. His wines are so popular because they exude complexity, flavor, and elegance. His Testamatta is one of Italy's collectible wines and the 2015 vintage, which you get to try on Thursday, has been drawing stellar attention from critics.
I myself (Liz) tasted this beautiful Super Tuscan at a recent event. I was standing next to a well-regarded Somm who kept muttering, "A beautiful wine! a beautiful wine!" I concurred as I continued to avail myself of the layered aromas coming from the glass, the tight, structure and the complexity of flavors.
Here is a link to an interesting video about the Testamotta. Incidentally,
James Suckling has awarded the 2015 Testamatta 99 Points!
Suckling: "A stunning wine. This is the best Testamatta ever made. Fascinating aromas of red fruits, tea, bark and wet soil as well as fresh leather. Full body, silky tannins and a juicy finish. I love the tension and texture of this great red. So gorgeous to taste now but better in 2021."
(Translation - This wine is delicious and also will keep well and get better and better over the next few years).
You'll also get to try Bibi's other fantastic wines including a rare and high-end white, a sparkling and more delicious reds.
Here's the whole list of what Chloe will be pouring. Several, including the Testamotta, will be available for purchase. The rest will be available for pre-order.
Wines to be Poured
Bollamatta Sparkling Rose (Sangiovese) NV
Casamatta Bianco (Vermentino blend) 2015
Testamatta Bianco (Ansonica) 2016
Casamatta Rosso (Sangiovese) 2015
Soffocone del Vincigliatta (Sangiovese) 2015
Testamatta (Sangiovese) 2015