2009 Tua Rita Redigaffi
Merlot - 750ML

  • JS 96
  • WA 95
  • WS 93

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JS 96
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, August 2011
This is rich and powerful with loads of fruit lots of licorice and spices. Full and very velvety. Wonderful richness and balance. What a finish. Sweet and long. Incredible. Pure Merlot. Best in 2014.
WA 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, June 2012
The 2009 Redigaffi bursts onto the palate with an exciting melange of blackberries grilled herbs flowers mint rosemary and spices. It is a powerful juicy Merlot loaded with fruit but there is also more than enough... The 2009 Redigaffi bursts onto the palate with an exciting melange of blackberries grilled herbs flowers mint rosemary and spices. It is a powerful juicy Merlot loaded with fruit but there is also more than enough structure to provide support. Dark notes of tar incense and smoke add complexity on the finish. Generally I prefer Redigaffi between ages 5 and 15. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.
WS 93
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, October 2011
Very oaky with clove vanilla cedar and sandalwood overlaying black cherry and raspberry flavors. There's a bit too much oak now and this adds to the tannins but there's intensity too. Needs time. Merlot. Best from 2014... Very oaky with clove vanilla cedar and sandalwood overlaying black cherry and raspberry flavors. There's a bit too much oak now and this adds to the tannins but there's intensity too. Needs time. Merlot. Best from 2014 through 2023. 710 cases made. -BS
Color & Type Red
Varietal Merlot
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Vintage 2009

Label

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.