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Tua Rita's Triumphant 2016s: "Profound" Giusto di Notri and 100-Point Redigaffi - 12/04/2019 - Italy

One of the things that makes certain Super Tuscans so special is their ability to take an international varietal like Cabernet and Merlot and rival wines at many multiples of the price, whether it be their Tuscan peers or the elite of Bordeaux and Napa. Perhaps it is nowhere more evident than in Tua Rita's masterful 2016s, as they made the most of a remarkable vintage and produced some wines that will reward collectors for years to come.

Redigaffi first made waves at the turn of the century with a 100-point score from Robert Parker for their groundbreaking 2000. Equally as impressive, this year's Redigaffi notched a 100-point mark from Decanter in an article focusing on "the best Italian wines" that also had icons like Masseto, Solaia, Sassicaia, and more. This is rare company and an absolute triumph at this level. But the headline here might very well be a "profound" Giusto di Notri where the double 97-Point 2016 vintage is about as dynamic and ageworthy as you'll find in Cabernet at this price point.

Vintage Item Name Score Retail Link
2016 Tua Rita "Giusto di Notri" Toscana (Pre-Arrival) 97 $74.99 View
2016 Tua Rita "Giusto di Notri" Toscana 6-Pack (Pre-Arrival) 97 $440.00 View
2016 Tua Rita "Redigaffi" Toscana (Pre-Arrival) 100 $225.00 View
2016 Tua Rita Redigaffi Toscana (1.5L) (Pre-Arrival) 100 $499.99 View
2016 Tua Rita "Redigaffi" Toscana 3-Pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival) 100 $675.00 View


2016 Tua Rita "Giusto di Notri" Toscana (Pre-Arrival) ($74.99)

97 points James Suckling: "This has a wonderful texture of beautiful, ultra-fine tannins, complex character of dark fruit, currants, hazelnuts and light chocolate. Goes on for minutes. Give it three or four years of bottle age but already so delicious. Drink in 2022. (ML)" (09/2018)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Giusto di Notri is a profound and dark blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with smaller parts Cabernet Franc and Merlot. It exudes gravitas and importance with every sip, showing consecutive, deep layers of minerality, dark stone, spice and rich fleshy fruit, all bound by tight structure and fiber. This wine is remarkable both in terms of texture and dimension. There is a touch of sourness on the close. This is sure to be an interesting wine to follow as it opens up over the years. Indeed, the best is still to come, as Giusto di Notri is built for long cellar aging. With the next vintage, this wine celebrates its 25th birthday. (ML)" (05/2019)

96 points Vinous: "The 2016 Giusto di Notri is fabulous. Spectacularly rich and explosive, the 2016 is a real thrill to taste. The intensity of the fruit it simply remarkable. It's hard to say how long the 2016 will retain this level of voluptuousness, but today the Giusto is an arrestingly beautiful, layered wine full of character. Blackberry jam, graphite, spice, menthol and licorice infuse this dramatic, potent wine. Put simply, the 2016 is a thrill a minute. (AG)" (03/2019)

2016 Tua Rita "Giusto di Notri" Toscana 6-Pack (Pre-Arrival) - 0 available ($440.00)

97 points James Suckling: "This has a wonderful texture of beautiful, ultra-fine tannins, complex character of dark fruit, currants, hazelnuts and light chocolate. Goes on for minutes. Give it three or four years of bottle age but already so delicious. Drink in 2022. (ML)" (09/2018)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Giusto di Notri is a profound and dark blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with smaller parts Cabernet Franc and Merlot. It exudes gravitas and importance with every sip, showing consecutive, deep layers of minerality, dark stone, spice and rich fleshy fruit, all bound by tight structure and fiber. This wine is remarkable both in terms of texture and dimension. There is a touch of sourness on the close. This is sure to be an interesting wine to follow as it opens up over the years. Indeed, the best is still to come, as Giusto di Notri is built for long cellar aging. With the next vintage, this wine celebrates its 25th birthday. (ML)" (05/2019)

96 points Vinous: "The 2016 Giusto di Notri is fabulous. Spectacularly rich and explosive, the 2016 is a real thrill to taste. The intensity of the fruit it simply remarkable. It's hard to say how long the 2016 will retain this level of voluptuousness, but today the Giusto is an arrestingly beautiful, layered wine full of character. Blackberry jam, graphite, spice, menthol and licorice infuse this dramatic, potent wine. Put simply, the 2016 is a thrill a minute. (AG)" (03/2019)

K&L Notes: PLEASE NOTE: This product is offered as a complete case in original packaging. If the wines are going to be shipped upon arrival, the bottles will be sent in pulp shippers to protect the bottles during shipping, with the empty case itself shipped separately on request. Will Call or Local Delivery orders can be handled as intact cases. Please detail any special handling requests at checkout online, or call us with specific instructions.

2016 Tua Rita "Redigaffi" Toscana (Pre-Arrival) ($225.00)

100 points Decanter: "2016 was an exceptional vintage in Tuscany and, according to Stefano, the best in 20 years. The cool night temperatures allowed for beautifully precise aromatics and perfectly ripe, harmonious tannins. This wine expresses the vintage beautifully and is the best Redigaffi I have tasted - simply stunning! Complex and tightly wound, it carries its 15% alcohol really well. There are hints of roasted coffee beans and green herbs on the nose, while the palate is super-concentrated yet beautifully balanced, with very fine-textured tannins. Blackcurrant, smoky plum and liquorice flavours are joined by a lovely freshness. A beauty. (SH)" (03/2019)

99 points James Suckling: "The aromas of violets, roses and lavender are captivating. Turns to spices and hazelnuts. So complex. This full-bodied wine grows and grows on the palate, yet it remains agile and fresh. Plenty of energy in the palate. More powerful than the perfect 2015. We will see which is better in the end. Great wine. Try in 2022." (12/2017)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Wow. This is a beautiful year for Tua Rita's legendary Merlot. The grapes were harvested early, between September 4th and the 6th, and spent 21 months in barrique. This wine is a perennial overachiever, and the 2016 Redigaffi is no exception. It has a remarkable persistence to the bouquet, along with tonic crispness and a velvety mouthfeel. It's a complete and beautifully structured expression, most notable for its freshness and softness. This Redigaffi is still a bit closed, which leads me to think it is going to be a stunner when you finally retrieve it from your cellar in 5-10 years from now. (ML)" (05/2019)

97 points Vinous: "The 2016 Redigaffi is another absolutely compelling wine in this range. Explosive and opulent, the 2016 manages to be both spectacularly rich and yet also retain tremendous freshness. Blueberry jam, lavender, crushed rocks and sweet oak all build as this sumptuous yet structured Merlot shows off its considerable personality. In 2016, Redigaffi is energetic, persistent and also very classy. Drink it over the next decade or so. (AG)" (03/2019)

2016 Tua Rita Redigaffi Toscana (1.5L) (Pre-Arrival) - 0 available ($499.99)

100 points Decanter: "2016 was an exceptional vintage in Tuscany and, according to Stefano, the best in 20 years. The cool night temperatures allowed for beautifully precise aromatics and perfectly ripe, harmonious tannins. This wine expresses the vintage beautifully and is the best Redigaffi I have tasted - simply stunning! Complex and tightly wound, it carries its 15% alcohol really well. There are hints of roasted coffee beans and green herbs on the nose, while the palate is super-concentrated yet beautifully balanced, with very fine-textured tannins. Blackcurrant, smoky plum and liquorice flavours are joined by a lovely freshness. A beauty. (SH)" (03/2019)

99 points James Suckling: "The aromas of violets, roses and lavender are captivating. Turns to spices and hazelnuts. So complex. This full-bodied wine grows and grows on the palate, yet it remains agile and fresh. Plenty of energy in the palate. More powerful than the perfect 2015. We will see which is better in the end. Great wine. Try in 2022." (12/2017)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Wow. This is a beautiful year for Tua Rita's legendary Merlot. The grapes were harvested early, between September 4th and the 6th, and spent 21 months in barrique. This wine is a perennial overachiever, and the 2016 Redigaffi is no exception. It has a remarkable persistence to the bouquet, along with tonic crispness and a velvety mouthfeel. It's a complete and beautifully structured expression, most notable for its freshness and softness. This Redigaffi is still a bit closed, which leads me to think it is going to be a stunner when you finally retrieve it from your cellar in 5-10 years from now. (ML)" (05/2019)

97 points Vinous: "The 2016 Redigaffi is another absolutely compelling wine in this range. Explosive and opulent, the 2016 manages to be both spectacularly rich and yet also retain tremendous freshness. Blueberry jam, lavender, crushed rocks and sweet oak all build as this sumptuous yet structured Merlot shows off its considerable personality. In 2016, Redigaffi is energetic, persistent and also very classy. Drink it over the next decade or so. (AG)" (03/2019)

2016 Tua Rita "Redigaffi" Toscana 3-Pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival) - 0 available ($675.00)

100 points Decanter: "2016 was an exceptional vintage in Tuscany and, according to Stefano, the best in 20 years. The cool night temperatures allowed for beautifully precise aromatics and perfectly ripe, harmonious tannins. This wine expresses the vintage beautifully and is the best Redigaffi I have tasted - simply stunning! Complex and tightly wound, it carries its 15% alcohol really well. There are hints of roasted coffee beans and green herbs on the nose, while the palate is super-concentrated yet beautifully balanced, with very fine-textured tannins. Blackcurrant, smoky plum and liquorice flavours are joined by a lovely freshness. A beauty. (SH)" (03/2019)

99 points James Suckling: "The aromas of violets, roses and lavender are captivating. Turns to spices and hazelnuts. So complex. This full-bodied wine grows and grows on the palate, yet it remains agile and fresh. Plenty of energy in the palate. More powerful than the perfect 2015. We will see which is better in the end. Great wine. Try in 2022." (12/2017)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Wow. This is a beautiful year for Tua Rita's legendary Merlot. The grapes were harvested early, between September 4th and the 6th, and spent 21 months in barrique. This wine is a perennial overachiever, and the 2016 Redigaffi is no exception. It has a remarkable persistence to the bouquet, along with tonic crispness and a velvety mouthfeel. It's a complete and beautifully structured expression, most notable for its freshness and softness. This Redigaffi is still a bit closed, which leads me to think it is going to be a stunner when you finally retrieve it from your cellar in 5-10 years from now. (ML)" (05/2019)

97 points Vinous: "The 2016 Redigaffi is another absolutely compelling wine in this range. Explosive and opulent, the 2016 manages to be both spectacularly rich and yet also retain tremendous freshness. Blueberry jam, lavender, crushed rocks and sweet oak all build as this sumptuous yet structured Merlot shows off its considerable personality. In 2016, Redigaffi is energetic, persistent and also very classy. Drink it over the next decade or so. (AG)" (03/2019)

K&L Notes: PLEASE NOTE: This product is offered as a complete case in original packaging. If the wines are going to be shipped upon arrival, the bottles will be sent in pulp shippers to protect the bottles during shipping, with the empty case itself shipped separately on request. Will Call or Local Delivery orders can be handled as intact cases. Please detail any special handling requests at checkout online, or call us with specific instructions.