Bibbiano is on a roll with their 2016 vintage.
Founded in 1865, the Marrochesi Marzi family has farmed Bibbiano without interruption and today, brothers Federico and Tomasso helm the estate. The family philosophy is simple. As Federico put it succinctly, “we respect the laws of nature.”
“For us, the organic approach is not a business strategy but rather an unchangeable rule of life.” They believe that success can only be guaranteed by harmony with nature. The vineyards have never been treated with chemicals and since the late 1980s the estate has practiced organic farming methods.
Tomasso stated, “Our family has lived on this land for over 150 years and that experience shows that nature does not tolerate violence against it but is willing to generously reward those who treat it with profound respect.”
Back in May, I spotlighted the Estate’s other Gran Selezione. In looking back on that review, it’s interesting to note the stylistic difference in these two Gran Selezione. The Capannino is decidedly more approachable, feminine and elegant. Today’s review, from the single vineyard Montornello, is clearly more structured and masculine.
Bibbiano is located on the western slopes of Castellina in Chianti and overlooks the Val d’Elsa in the direction of Monteriggioni. Surrounded by vast olive groves of more than three thousand trees, the vineyards cover approximatly 30 hectares and rise between 270 and 325 meters above sea level. The plantings on the property are varied. Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Malvasia Nera, Ciliegiolo, Colorino, Trebbiano and Grechetto are all present on the estate.
The 2016 Bibbiano Gran Selezione Vigne di Montornello is sourced from a handful of parcels that mark the Montornello slope of the estate’s property. The wine is 100% Sangiovese that is fermented in cement vats and then transferred to a combination of cement and French oak for 24 months. The vineyards that provide the fruit from this wine cover about 15 hectares.
In the glass, the wine is a deep crimson color that trends to garnet. Primary aromas of crushed cherry, fresh rosemary, lavender and tobacco are noticeable and very enticing. On the palate, the wine’s tannins are notable but fade with air time so decanting is in order if you try this now. Flavors follow the aromas and are full bodied with “grip”. The wine gains body and a more seductive mouthfeel as it opens so my sense is that this will cellar well for the next 5-7 years at least. Organically produced. 94 points. Good value in Gran Selezione. Find this wine.
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