Bibi Graetz Casamatta Rosso 2011
Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
"Casamatta," or "crazy house," is Bibi Graetz's creation of a Tuscan-style house wine that is, contrary to its whimsical name, consistently refreshing and seriously delicious. Characterized by balanced acidity and bright, forward fruit, these are uncomplicated, natural wines that are meant to complement foods, require no further aging and are totally accessible and enjoyable upon release.
Shows the earthy side of Sangiovese, with loam, iron, cherry and plum flavors. A juicy wine, with upfront fruit and light tannins.
Wine Spectator - "Blackberry and black cherry notes are accented by tobacco and spice in this concentrated red. Fresh and lively, with a firm finish. This should develop nicely. Best from 2013 through 2018."
Bibi Graetz Winery
Bibi Graetz, the iconic Italian winemaker, took an unconventional route to his winemaking career. Growing up in Fiesole, near Florence, in an artistic family, surrounded by the impressive metal sculptures created by his father, Gidon Graetz, and his own canvases and paint brushes, Bibi graduated from Accademia delle Belle Arte in Florence as a promising young artist. His increasing passion for wine had become evident while he was still an art student, however, and he began studying all he could find on enology. It was in the late 1990s, when Bibi was in the process of renewing his family’s contract to grow grapes for other producers that he impulsively decided to use the grapes to make his own wines. View all Bibi Graetz Wines
About Tuscany(TUSS-can-ee) Sangiovese. Most of the wine coming from Tuscany is made from some clone of this varietal, but a growing trend, started by the renegade winemakers of those Super Tuscans, is to incorporate more international varietals.
Notable FactsThe most well known sub-districts of Tuscany are Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (note that Montepulciano here refers to the local village, not the grape variety found in the Italian region of Abruzzi). Wine labeled from these regions is DOC-regulated and Sangiovese-based blends. Quality wine from these DOC areas has been on the rise for decades, with top-notch winemakers and wineries shedding the low-quality image once held for Tuscan wine by producing consistently outstanding bottlings that range from deliciously drinkable to highly ageable. Newer to the scene are regions like Bohlgeri and the Maremma, home to of what are now termed "Super-Tuscans," named for the wine coming from the Tuscany area, but not following all of the DOC or DOCG laws required in Italy. In the 1970's, some pioneer winemakers began buying land outside of Chianti and Montalcino, and planting not only Sangiovese, but also international varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The wine they produced only fit into the lowest Italian category of "vina da tavola," but the winemakers sold the wine for high prices, creating an almost cult following, and spurning a new wine category called IGT.
A little ditty about Italy...This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.
For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review33.2 out of 5 stars
14 ratings, 7 with reviews410/23/2012Nice low cost sangiovese.stevendblock - Los Lunas, NM410/18/2013Now apparently selling by the case, at $8.50 a bottle this is a steal. A great everyday wine and also one that no one would mind bringing a few bottles to a party. It pairs with just about anything.DAC - Melrose, WI210/18/2013I didn't enjoy this very much. We paired with a squash ravioli dish which made it tolerable.David Smith - Gainesville, FL33/24/201332/15/2013
A good everyday Italian red. Reminds me of the ristorante table wines I had in Italy. A value at this price.412/11/2012Sugar1 - Camp Hill, PA310/27/2012510/23/2012410/17/2012
- Earthy & Spicy
- Pair With
- Pasta > Tomato-base
Very VERY good bottle for the price. Great with pasta!Scott N - Lowell, MI410/16/2012Fantastic table wine for the price. Great with pasta, even better with steak.410/12/2012buktotruth - Pittsburgh, PA210/12/2012skc0278 - Saint Louis, MO310/9/2012Not bad for the price, but it's one dimensional and quite simplistic. It was much better on day 2 than day 1. Still don't think I'll buy it again.Lee Calhoon - Brentwood, CA510/1/2012
- Smooth & Supple