Azienda Agricola Tua Rita is a leading Tuscan wine estate located just outside Suvereto in the Colline Metallifere hill country. It is best known for its single-variety IGT Toscana wine made from Merlot, Redigaffi, which has gained cult status. It is a regular feature in top global auction catalogues, and the 2000 vintage was the first Italian wine to be awarded a perfect 100-point rating by Robert Parker.
After harvest, fruit is hand-picked and transported in small baskets to the winery sorting tables before being fermented in wooden vats. It is then transferred by gravity flow to the barrel hall underneath, where all labels mature for at least 18 months. A mixture of new and old oak is used – the top wines are aged in new oak, and the rest in a combination of new and old oak, and stainless steel.
Along with Redigaffi, Tua Rita makes a Bordeaux Blend wine called Giustro di Notri, which is regarded by the estate as its signature wine. The range also includes Per Sempre, a varietal Syrah, and Perlato del Bosco, a varietal Sangiovese (although before 2011 it also featured Cabernet Sauvignon). Tua Rita’s entry-level wine is Rosso dei Notri, a Cabernet – Merlot – Sangiovese blend from the most recently planted vines. There are two white wines in the range: Lodano, a blend of international varieties like Riesling and Chardonnay, and Perlato del Bosco, which uses local varieties like Vermentino.
TUA RITA Perlato del Bosco 2011 is deep dark reddish-purple in color. Fragrant, attractive & aromatic nose of youthful, vibrant ripe dark fruit aromas of blackberries, cherries and plums with dusty, earthy overtones, herbs, cocoa, spices, minerals & some cedar & vanilla notes in the background.
Medium-full bodied with a very good concentration of balanced & smooth textured, rich, ripe dark fruit flavors of cherries, blackberries and plums with dark cocoa, spices, herbs, minerals and a touch of vanilla. When it comes to finish, it has a lingering finish. Drinks quite well at present with decanting and airing although it will continue to develop with further aging. The Perlato is usually a blend of Sangiovese & Cabernet, but this vintage is 100% Sangiovese.