First Italian 100-Point Estate
We had to wedge past half of NYC’s sommeliers at Winebow Vintners’ Harvest Tasting event on September 20th. 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 the 1,800 other wines on display from Winebow’s stellar importers and producers, just as it had floored James Suckling. This truly cult Italian 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 characterized the Giusto di Notri as “Full-body, ripe and powerful tannins” with “beautiful fruit,” and wondered aloud in his tasting note whether star winemaker Luca d’Attoma’s 2015 is the “best Giusto di Notri ever?” Though we were only able to secure a small allocation, we knew Wine Access clients would want the opportunity to answer that question for themselves. This is not to be missed.
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; James Suckling has tasted perfection in Redigaffi not once but twice. With bottles selling for at least $220, it’s hard not to expect something close to perfection.
If price dictates expectations, Giusto di Notri — Tua Rita’s Left Bank-inspired blend — absolutely blows them out of the water. Superstar winemaker Luca d’Attoma has taken the clay- and loam-grown Bordeaux varieties of the Tua family’s 86 acres and run with them. 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 achieves an unthinkable price-to-value ratio.