Tua Rita Redigaffi 2017 Toscana Wine Italy 75cl
Redigaffi is the undisputed signature wine of Tua Rita, hailing from a small plot of meticulously selected Merlot which was first planted in 1994 and is aged in small oak barrels for 18 months. This is a truly remarkable wine that is redolent with vibrant perfumed aromas at once hedonistic and elegant. A profound texture, there is spice and woodsmoke, softened by floral hints, mocha, dark cherry and damson. This is an opulent wine with immediate appeal whose underlying power indicates a very long future ahead; that perennial iron fist in a velvet glove.
When Rita Tua and her husband bought property in southern Tuscany in 1984, they were not ambitious, they simply wanted to work the land in a natural way. What happened was that their honesty and meticulousness would maintain the perfect terroir for grapes - particularly Merlot. Tua Rita Redigaffi became a legend when Robert Parker awarded it his first 100 point score in 2000, and Tua Rita’s portfolio has since maintained a rivalry to the first wave of Super Tuscans from a little further north.
'Compelling aromas of chilli pepper, nuts, beeswax and dark fruits with dried strawberries. Hints of black olives and meat. Full body with extremely thick, silky tannins and a long, flavorful finish. This is layered and so structured, with fabulous length and density. Savoury. Chocolate powder at the end. This needs at least three or four years of bottle age. A triumph for the vintage. Pure merlot.' 98 Points, James Suckling.
Pairs well with…
- Red Meat
98 Points, James Suckling
The 2012 Redigaffi jumps from the glass with explosive dark blue/blackish fruit. Rich, voluptuous and impeccably textured in the glass, the 2012 boasts massive depth and concentration, yet retains tons of freshness. Silky tannins round out a finish laced with melted road tar, herbs and leather. For such a big wine, the Redigaffi is remarkably complex and nuanced. The 2012 was aged in 100% new, thick-staved Darnajou barrels, which are seldom seen in Italy but widely used throughout...
Napa Valley and elsewhere. In some recent vintages I have slightly preferred the Syrah over the Redigaffi, but in 2012 the wines are both fabulous. Simply put, the 2012 Redigaffi is a stunner.
96 Points, Antonio Galloni
The epic 2012 Redigaffi (100% Merlot) shows amazing depth and a great sense of inner energy and seductive charm. The wine is soft and yielding with ripe layers of cherry, blackberry and cassis that slowly morph into savoury spice, leather and tobacco. This Merlot boldly promotes its all-Italian characteristics of Mediterranean shrub and wild sage that ground the wine in a sense of place. The warm vintage has shaped soft tannins and thick, penetrating extraction that moves slowly over the palate. Give this beautiful wine a few more years to find its footing and lose its baby fat.
95 Points, The Wine Advocate
|Wine Brand||Tua Rita|
|ABV (% vol)||14.5|
|Wine Style||Full bodied|
|Red Wine Expression||Cherry, Fragrant, Toasty|