Severely damaged during World War II, this beautiful 75 acre Tenuta di Bibbiano estate is located in Castellina in the western reaches of the Chianti Classico zone was resurrected by the Marrocchesi Marzi family, and today is managed by fifth-generation brothers Tommaso and Federico. The estate’s elevations range from 800 to 2000 feet above sea level, and span two distinct ridge line-slopes with soils dating back to the Pliocene epoch which are dominated by clay with deposited of the local Alberese rock (weathered sandstone with a high proportion of limestone). Of course, the primary variety, and our focus here is Sangiovese including the Grosso clone. Viticulture is very traditional and all organically farmed. As we have stated repeatedly, the 2015 and 2016 are the two greatest and most successful back-to-back Tuscan vintages in modern day history.
This Gran Selezione from the south-western 7 hectare Capannino vineyard is 100% Sangiovese Grosso. The vineyard is set on pliocenic clay, and deep shale Alberese. The grapes were hand picked and hand sorted on October 1st, and fermented for 33 days in concrete tanks while undergoing a daily delestage process of “rack and return” to gently oxygenate the wine. The wine is then aged for 24 months in a combination of concrete tank, French oak tonneaux, and Slavonia oak barrels. It is refined in bottle for another 6 months before release.
“This red starts out smooth, displaying ripe black cherry and plum flavors, along with earth, iron and woodsy elements. Gains power as this builds on the palate, ending in an extended aftertaste of loam, iron and wild herb accents. Best from 2023 through 2045. 250 cases imported.” 95 points, Wine Spectator —B.S. (Jan 6, 2021)
“This is the more refined version of the two Gran Selezione, perhaps because of the high proportion of limestone in the vineyard. More restrained, but make no mistake about its powerful constitution. Dark fruit and berry aromas and flavors are more similar to the Riserva’s profile. Still a force to be reckoned with and again probably under rated now, and with the potential to be even better. Surprising 15% alcohol, but you would never know it!” – ES