1997 Tua Rita Redigaffi
Merlot - 750ML

  • WS 100
  • WA 94
  • IWC 93

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WS 100
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, January 2007
Very dark ruby color. Rich and decadent with masses of blackberry and fresh black truffle aromas. Turns to tar and licorice. Full-bodied with big velvety tannins and a long long finish. Super-rich and long. Powerful and... Very dark ruby color. Rich and decadent with masses of blackberry and fresh black truffle aromas. Turns to tar and licorice. Full-bodied with big velvety tannins and a long long finish. Super-rich and long. Powerful and layered. Superb. Perfect. Even better than when originally tasted.--1997 Italian blind retrospective. Drink now through 2017. 200 cases made.
WA 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 1999
The flagship wine of Tua Rita is their tiny (under 200 cases) production of 100% Merlot aged in French oak and bottled with no fining or filtration called Redigaffi. This wine has represented a classic example of Merlot's... The flagship wine of Tua Rita is their tiny (under 200 cases) production of 100% Merlot aged in French oak and bottled with no fining or filtration called Redigaffi. This wine has represented a classic example of Merlot's potential in this coastal section of Tuscany. The spectacular black/purple-colored 1997 Redigaffi boasts huge chocolatey blackberry smoky nose and flavors a full-bodied personality oozing with extract and ripe juicy fruit sensational length (45+ seconds) and brilliant purity and symmetry. Anticipated maturity: 2001-2012.
IWC 93
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, August 2000
Very dark ruby. Expansive vigorous nose combines lushly ripe plum and exotic notes of coconut cardamom and Oriental spices. Plush and dense with ripe plum flavor nicely fused with vanillin oak. Layered and sensual in... Very dark ruby. Expansive vigorous nose combines lushly ripe plum and exotic notes of coconut cardamom and Oriental spices. Plush and dense with ripe plum flavor nicely fused with vanillin oak. Layered and sensual in texture. Along with the '94 the best the house has yet made and one of the important wines of the coast. (Winebow Inc. New York NY)
Color & Type Red
Varietal Merlot
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Vintage 1997

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Tua Rita’s single-variety Merlot takes its name from a stream that runs near the estate. Redigaffi is a benchmark wine that has achieved cult status around the world. The 2000 vintage was the first wine from Italy to be awarded 100/100 by Robert Parker. Redigaffi features regularly in the catalogues of the world’s leading auctioneers, such as Christie’s and Sotheby’s, and is one of the few Italian wines included in the Liv-ex index.

The wine ages 18-20 months in new French oak barrels and then several months in bottle.

Winery

Tua Rita

Tua Rita, one of Italy’s first successful producers of vins de garage, was founded by Rita Tua and her husband Virgilio in 1984. They started with just 2 hectares of vineyard which they tended with scrupulous care. As a result, their vineyard had grown to 9 hectares in barely a decade and today, Tua Rita farms some thirty hectares planted to vine.

Tua Rita’s vineyards are located in the Cornia valley near Suvereto in the High Tuscan Maremma, in an area known as Metalliferous Hills. The soil composition of pebbles and stones as well as clay, silt and sand, with a generous helping of mineral trace elements, leaves a distinctive mark on Tua Rita’s wines, imparting unique iron-like nuances to the aromatics and lending the palate a delicious hint of saltiness.

This leading Tuscan estate is known for their famous 100% Merlot, Redigaffi, which has gained cult status, receiving praise and accolades from wine enthusiasts and even a perfect 100 score from wine critic Robert Parker. Their range of wines also includes their signature wine, Giusto di Notri, which is a classic Bordeaux blend; Per Sempre, a single-variety Syrah; Perlato del Bosco, a varietal Sangiovese beginning with the 2011 vintage; Rosso dei Notri, an entry-level wine; Lodano, an experimental white wine; and Perlato del Bosco Bianco.