2005 bibi graetz, colore, toscana
Why We're Buying
Coloré Rosso is the Robin to Testamatta's Batman. The blend of sangiovese, colorino, and canaiolo consistently earns ratings in the mid to high 90s among wine critics. With only 100 cases available in the United States, expect to pay about $450 for Bibi Graetz Coloré Rosso.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
In 2005 Colore was made from the three best barrels in the cellar, consisting of one each Sangiovese, Colorino and Canaiolo. Yields were a miniscule 12 hectoliters per hectare. The wine possesses perfumed aromatics that meld into a seamless palate of perfumed dark red cherries, minerals and sweet toasted oak, with a darker flavor profile than the Testamatta. This medium-bodied red offers superb poise and balance, with a long, inviting finish. It too needs bottle age to reach its fullest potential. For readers looking at the $800 price tag, that is not a typo. It does represent a completely preposterous, egregious and delusional (you get the idea) approach to pricing, especially considering that Graetz, despite his unquestioned talent, has less than a decade of history under his belt. Colore is a beautiful wine, but its intrinsic value is perhaps in the neighborhood of $80 or so. The rest of the price is simply a play on the wine's scarcity (900 bottles produced) rather than a reflection of what is truly in the bottle. I can think of an infinite number of smarter and ultimately more rewarding ways to spend $800 dollars on wine, and my guess is Wine Advocate readers can too. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020.
Black in color, with intense aromas of crushed blackberry, dark chocolate and toasty oak. Full-bodied and supervelvety, with a long, long finish. Very New World and very exciting. Hard not to drink now. Canaiolo, Sangiovese and Colorino.