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| ||Tasted by Anonymous on 12/6/2014 & rated 90 points: 60% Cabernet 49% Merlot. Ripe, rich, long, but on one glossy note right now - no complexity or subtlety. Time will tell, but I wonder where this will go. (564 views)|
| ||Tasted by Jamie Manley on 11/15/2014 & rated 95 points: Had the 2001 of this at a tasting recently and was wildly impressed, so I snagged some 99, 00, and all that I could find of the 01. Based on this 2000, the 99s and 01s will spend some more time sleeping. This wine is spectacular. Deep ruby color with no sign of fading at all. The nose explodes with aromas of leather, licorice, earth, tar, espresso, and toasted oak. Incredibly rich palate with all of the above, plus plum, wet leaves, and tea. Man, I really enjoyed this! Sorted tannins and a very long finish. I am loving this Italian producer...95 Pts (693 views)|
| ||Tasted by Anonymous on 10/11/2014: Chocolate, tea and celery in the bouquet. On the palate the same. Some sweetness, cocoa, powdery tannin. Still enjoyable, but this bottle is past its prime. No score. (901 views)|
| ||Tasted by FLI on 7/30/2014 & rated 92 points: Rich and well balanced. Tannins mellow. A very pleasing bottle. (981 views)|
| ||Tasted by ipp on 3/16/2014 & rated 94 points: Blind tasting of five 95+ RP cab/cab blends. The bottles were double decanted 5 hours before drinking.|
This is such a well make Tuscan beauty. It starts of with a wonderful herbaceous nose. On the palate, you get so many tastes of Tuscany (dried herbs, truffles, anise and dark berries). Good balance. Finishes long. Well done. (1327 views)
| ||Tasted by Venexian on 11/8/2013 & rated 91 points: Impressiona per gioventù. Naso sul frutto scuro, tabacco, graffite, cuoio, molto esuberante. In bocca è un po' ingolfato, ha grande struttura e rotondità, acidità e scia sapida ma si devono ancora ben amalgamare e distendere. Qualche altro annetto gli farà bene. La 2000 si conferma un'ottima annata per Tua Rita (1391 views)|
| ||Tasted by hfindlay on 7/26/2013: Delicious, full-bodied red with lots of really nice earthy notes. Great with meat lasagne. (1549 views)|
| ||Tasted by godx on 3/15/2013 & rated 91 points: Alvin's Lunch - March 2013 (Le Gavroche): Tasted blind – Nose here was very nice from the get-go with rich dark fruit, smoke and hints of leather and green tobacco that had me thinking Syrah or Merlot. On the palate this was smooth and charming with solid acidity and well-balanced tannins. This was really nice and made the previous two wines seem rather modern. As good as this was today, I’d hold these for a few more years. Excellent. 91+ (1971 views)|
| ||Tasted by Hazevedo on 2/12/2013 & rated 91 points: - Garnet color. (1755 views)|
| ||Tasted by S. Lorin on 5/13/2012 & rated 94 points: In a perfect place - characterstics of an excellent St. Emilion (2222 views)|
| ||Tasted by SteelerFan on 2/9/2012 & rated 93 points: Dark purple burgundy color with no bricking. Popped and poured, but it definitely would benefit from a decant, as it improved steadily in the glass. Rich cassis, tar, berry and wet leaves. Very Tuscan in character. Tannins are integrating but still very present, and I think this will continue to improve. Very, very good bottle. (2165 views)|
| ||Tasted by Champagneinhand on 10/9/2011: This was very good, full bodied with brambly red and black fruit. I can't really score this properly because I drank this with my SIL after drinking too many citron an seltzers a bit earlier in the evening and my wine senses were a bit off. I was really craving a piece of grilled beef in a bad way after my first couple of sips though. I even decanted the bottle for about 25 minutes, for the sober peoples benefits. Definitely ready to be consumed though. (1988 views)|
| ||Tasted by JJA on 10/9/2011 & rated 94 points: This was incredible. Beautiful nose. Full bodied. Long finish. Drinking well now. Well worth the wait. (2114 views)|
| ||Tasted by gondrik on 12/2/2010 & rated 95 points: This is a big full bodied wine with deep color and flavors that are a mix of red and black fruit. All the hard edges are gone as this wine has matured. It is classified on this site as a Red Bordeaux Blend. It is more aligned to the right bank than the left. (2166 views)|
| ||Tasted by winemaker on 5/25/2010 & rated 94 points: Gorgeous deep dark red with a bit of bricking at the rim. Subdued nose of damp earth, gravel and graphite. Rich and smooth, seamless, delicious. Sometimes when a wine is really good it is hard to pick out fruit descriptors because it is so integrated. Intense, concentrated flavors. Oak is totally integrated, tannins are resolved. Drinking beautfully. (2209 views)|
| ||Tasted by otisabdul on 5/15/2010 & rated 93 points: Tasted blind as part of a mini Steak-Out. This finished in 3rd (out of 7 wines). Consistently excellent. This was my last bottle and it continues to impress. Very difficult to identify as an Italian wine, it has new world fruit intensity and old world elegance and structure. Supple and smooth. Very well-balanced. Terrific with the steak. One of my favorite Super-Tuscans. Cab Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cab Franc. (2225 views)|
| ||Tasted by SteelerFan on 4/24/2010 & rated 91 points: Dark burgundy/purple color. Really enjoyable wine - earthy and smoky notes of berry, chocolate and cassis. I always like these wines and think they are a bargain for the price. Tannins are resolving but this is a big wine that will continue to improve. It was better the second day with half the bottle vacu-vined. (2197 views)|
| ||Tasted by Papies on 4/10/2010 & rated 93 points: A nice bottle to finish a great day skiing in cervinia.|
Beautifull wine and one that we would look to buy more.
No time to decant unfortunately and it would def benifit from some time in a decanter. Very nice coulor and has a big body and nose. Could use some more palate but still a superb showing. (2199 views)
| ||Tasted by VinoTheory on 4/5/2010 & rated 93 points: Worth the money. Very happy with this bottle. (2191 views)|
| ||Tasted by MJHDC on 3/5/2010: Lovely, and lots of complexity, depth and richness. I don't drink a ton of cabernet-dominant wines, but there was plenty of character on display here -- mature, dark fruits, a bit of (good) green/earthiness, cedar, and spice. Still was singing two days later. I like where the wine is at now on the aging curve (there's still fruit, the oak has integrated, and tannins have softened), but I wish I had a few more bottles to follow over the next several years to see additional secondary characteristics. I'm going to try to wait to open later vintages until at this stage and later. (2320 views)|
| ||Tasted by 100pp on 2/20/2010 & rated 93 points: graphite, licorice, tobacco, ripe black cherries. long and full bodied. lot of sediment. (2336 views)|
| ||Tasted by firstname.lastname@example.org on 3/26/2009 & rated 95 points: French Bakery BYO GLOBAL Bordeaux Blend Dinner - "The JUDGEMENT of Bay Harbor Islands"; 3/25/2009-3/26/2009 (The French Bakery 1023 Kane Concourse in Bay Harbor Islands): Jerry's wine. 9 1sts of 11.Avg 94.7!!! Nick(98!) Thought it might be the Insignia. Jerry(96).Carlos(95)-New World, deep color, anise, red fruit, long finish.Lionel(95).Charly(94)-Appealing apricot, nice acidity,tar and lead pencil. Mark(me94) - I too thought it must be the Insignia. Jason(94) also presumed it to be the Insignia. |
Coming down to the last 6 wines we were all wowed by the Tua Rita Giusto di Notri, and many of us wrongly presumed it must be the Insignia. It and the Ernie Els were clearly the WOTN's, with perhaps the Tua Rita getting the edge. (3730 views)
| ||Tasted by KeithAkers on 3/17/2009 & rated 91 points: A St Paddy's day Fiesta (my place): nose: really rich nose filled with dark cherries, various bell pepper and other root vegetable tones, rich cassis, spice box, cedar, and some belgian chocolate tones. Good depth and very dark, the vegetable notes are a bit different from what I would expect, but they aren't too much|
taste: big feel with good tannins and well defined tones of dark cherries, root vegetables, cassis, cedar and some dark cranberry tones
overall: really good stuff with a different profile then what was expected. Good rich tones and full flavors and well balanced aromatics (2975 views)
| ||Tasted by otisabdul on 6/28/2008 & rated 92 points: Sipped on the patio at a croquet party. The crowd favorite in a llineup that included a '97 Dei Vino Nobile Riserva and a '99 La Poderine BdM. Great balance, lots of refined, supple fruit. Somewhere inbetween Bordeaux and Napa in style. Deilicious. (2954 views)|
| ||Tasted by Siggy on 3/7/2008 & rated 90 points: Dark maroon color. Smoky, plummy dark fruit, along with earth/leather/tobacco flavors. Nice supporting structure and acidity. Medium finish. The oak is high but well-integrated. This could easily pass for a mid-range Bordeaux in a blind tasting. (3195 views)|
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Tua Rita Giusto di Notri Toscana IGT
Variety: 30% Merlot – 60 % Cabernet Sauvignon – 10 Cabernet Franc
Harvest: 2° and 3° september's week
Alcohol cont: 14.5%
Serving temperature: 18° c
Production: above 30.000 bottles
Aging: New Barriques at 70% for above 18 months
Tipical Bordolais blend, it can be considered the most representative wine of the farm.
Harvest during the 2° and 3° week of September, it is vinificated in wood for about 25 days and then aged in French barriques being used for the first and second time for about 18 months. After a 6 months bottle-aging it can be release on the market
Red Bordeaux Blend Read about the grapes used to produce Bordeaux The variety Red Bordeaux Blend in CellarTracker implies any blend using any or all of the five traditional Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. As such, this is used worldwide, whether for wines from Bordeaux, Meritages from California and Canada, some Super-Tuscan wines etc.
Giusto di Notri(Via Italian Wine Merchants) The Maremma was still sparse when Rita Tua and Virgilio Bisti purchased their estate in 1984 and chose to plant Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, varietals that do well in Maremma soils rich in clay and silt. Those initial plantings (totaling 7.5 acres) became the source for the now revered Tua Rita Super Tuscans. Tua Rita found critical success early with their 1990s vintages of their flagship Bordeaux-style blend Giusto di Notri and their acclaimed Merlot Redigaffi, which in 1997 received a 100-point rating and made Tua Rita an international sensation. Tua Rita has remained true to its artisanal ideals and to its modest demeanor, most notably visible in the warm, grandmotherly persona of owner Rita Tua. Bearing the signature of Tua Rita’s famed consulting enologist, Stefano Chioccioli, the estate’s current comprehensive portfolio continues to electrify wine cognoscenti.
More than just the name of a winery, Rita Tua is herself a real person, a thick, heavy, dominant, strong woman. She’s both of the earth and from it, and like the earth, she is nurturing and she is comforting. She would be the person you'd want to help you lift a car to change a tire when you're missing a jack, bail hay before the rain sets in, stir a pot of pasta to feed an army, or simply give a hug that will put you back on your feet. Her strength and power are her dominant features. But her natural spirit that can soothe, comfort and heal is never far away.
Just as “Rita” does to her family, the wines from Tua Rita wrap you in a warm, strong embrace. It is, actually, their dominant feature. But as big and powerful as they may be, they also have a natural beauty that comforts you from the inside and gives you this feeling of invincibility and heat. The wines of 2008 in particular are rich in these characteristics—powerfully delicious, ripe with fruit, and robust, the ’08 releases of Tua Rita are delights to drink. The red and black fruit of all-Merlot Redigaffi hits you like a bolt of sunshine; the sensual Giustro di Notri exhibits structure and velvety tannins; the cassis-driven Perlato del Bosco shows unparalleled purity and finesse; and the Syrah is a seductive, dark stranger with plenty of muscle.
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Toscana IGTHere is the Wikipedia entry for Toscana wine.