Tua Rita Redigaffi 2010 1.5L
RP97: "The 2010 Redigaffi is even more impressive with seamless integration of ripe fruit and oak spice that meet each other perfectly in the middle. It soars to new heights of elegance and power, imparting beautiful tones of black fruit, polished river stone, bacon fat and black pepper as it makes its steady ascent. The mouthfeel is fleshy and generous and there is plenty of backbone here to carry the wine forward throughout the years. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2038."
VM95: (100% merlot; 41 g/l dry extract): Deep black-ruby. Knockout nose combines cassis, blueberry jelly, licorice, coffee and sweet Oriental spices. Dense, suave and refined, with deep, multilayered flavors of cassis, black cherry, licorice, cocoa and tobacco. Finishes long and very smooth, with compelling sweetness and repeating notes of Oriental spices and black cherry. Long-time IWC readers knowI am rarely a fan of voluptuous wines that lose precision and sense of place in favor of creaminess and sheer size, but owner Stefano Frascolla manages to imbue each of his wines with a recognizable somewhereness, not to mention varietal accuracy. And this set of 2009s has a discernible measure of grace and refinement that, for example, the much vaunted 2000s, though outstanding, did not have. A very great Redigaffi, in its own inimitable style. 95+ (ID) (9/2012)