The First Italian 100-Point Estate
We had to squeeze past half of NYC’s sommeliers at Winebow Vintners’ Harvest Tasting this past September, but the prize was more than worth it. The cult 96- to 97-point 2015 Tua Rita Giusto di Notri IGT Toscana stole the spotlight from almost 2,000 other wines on display that day, just as it had floored James Suckling. This truly cult estate produced the first Italian wine ever to receive 100 points from Robert Parker. Classified as IGT but a true Bordeaux blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and 10% Cab Franc, this Super Tuscan is a remarkable wine. Suckling hailed its “Full-body, ripe and powerful tannins” and “beautiful fruit,” wondering aloud in his tasting note whether star winemaker Luca d’Attoma’s 2015 is the “best Giusto di Notri ever?” Today, our small allocation will provide a few Wine Access clients with the opportunity to decide for themselves. Don’t miss this.
Over the last two decades, Tua Rita in Tuscany’s Alta Maremma has become a critical darling. The estate’s 100% Merlot Redigaffi was the first Italian wine to score 100 points from Robert Parker, and James Suckling has tasted perfection in Redigaffi not once, but twice.
While the Redigaffi has reached the 100-point zenith, the Giusto di Notri is the clear winner when it comes to value. Superstar winemaker Luca d’Attoma has taken the clay- and loam-grown Bordeaux varieties of the Tua family’s 86 acres to unprecedented heights.
Along the way, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate has rated eight of the last nine vintages of Giusto di Notri at 94 or higher, including a blockbuster 98 in 2013. At under $70, this deep, intense expression of Tuscany offers an unthinkable price-to-quality ratio.
Editor-in-Chief, Wine Access