James Suckling 99
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.
Another fine year produced this pure expression of Sangiovese fruit. The nose is reticent but floral, infused with rose petals and red fruits. It’s concentrated on the palate but svelte too, and not overly extracted. The tannins are certainly present but not dominant, balanced by the wine’s freshness. There’s force and drive on the very long finish.
Jane Anson 98
A fantastic wine, takes what you think about Super Tuscans and turns it on its head – this is an IGT Toscana label from a cult name with a high price tag, and yet instead of over-concentration and oak you get finesse, nuance, jewel-like cherry colour and clarity of flavour, rippled through wih orange peel, raspberry, red cherry, finesse, wih juicy but structured tannins. An excellent vintage overall, with a dry sunny summer and September, allowing a harvest that stretched from September 28 to November 2. This was the first year when Bibi began expanding the vineyard, sourcing more old vines and moving towards the six vineyard sites that he uses today. You can wait with this wine, but it is definitely in the sweet spot for beginning to drink. Fermented with natural yeasts, aged in oak casks and neutral barrels for 20 months.