2016 Tenuta di Bibbiano Chianti Classico Riserva, Tuscana, Italy

2016 Tenuta di Bibbiano Chianti Classico Riserva, Tuscana, Italy


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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.

The Riserva is from selected Sangiovese vines from both slope exposures.  100% varietal, hand picked and sorted, the wine was fermented in both stainless steel and cement tank for 23 days.  Half of the wine continued to age in cement, while the other half was matured in French oak for 18 months.

“A beam of intense cherry shines through this densely structured red, keeping it defined and energetic. Iron, earth and tobacco flavors add depth as this stays long, with mouthcoating tannins on the finish. Best from 2023 through 2045. 500 cases imported.” – 95 points, Wine SpectatorB.S. (Jan 6, 2021)

“Youthful and intense, the aromas are defined with great clarity and precision.  Front and center are wild red cherry and raspberry, with an obvious red-earthiness and minerality on the palate.  At this stage, the tannins are a little gritty, but not overwhelming and will reconcile nicely with fatty cured meats and cheese.  Beautifully delineated acidity is on the same reconnaissance.  Fabulous value!  14.5% alcohol” – ES


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