Tasting Notes: Red fruits, Spice, Earth, Licorice
Founded in 1865, Bibbiano is located in the historic Chianti region. Today’s owners, Tommaso and Federico Marrocchesi Marzi, are the fifth generation. Tenuta di Bibbiano was the longest standing consultancy of famed winemaker Giulio Gambelli. Their decades-long association with Gambelli, under whom Bibbiano’s current winemaker trained, still lives on in their traditional approach to winemaking and their commitment to 100%-pure Sangiovese wines.
The 2016 Riserva is round, intense, complex, medium bodied, with firm tannins, plenty of fresh, lively acidity, and such fine detail all leading to a long, long finish. The palkate provides expressions of spice, sweet tobacco, cherries. underbrush, black cherry, licorice and leather. Still young but approachable now. It should get even better with a few years of cellaring. Matches well with cold cuts like salami and prosciutto, lasagna or meatloaf.