2013 San Giusto a Rentennano Merlot La Ricolma IGT 1.5 L

Year: 2013
Appellation: Tuscany
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 97
Vinous Media: 97
Red Wine
Price :
$149.95

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"Concentrated and dense, displaying blackberry, blueberry, cedar, spice, tar and wild herb flavors. Impressive, combining richness, concentration and structure. Excellent finish. Best from 2018 through 2024. 450 cases made. –BS " (WS)

"San Giusto a Rentennano has produced a knock-out wine in the 2013 La Ricolma. This pure expression of Merlot is exceptional on all fronts and flaunts its pedigree with confidence and grace. The French grape show excellent results in this cooler part of Tuscany in what was a classic vintage without extreme weather. The wine reveals a rich texture with power, concentration and generous length. The flavors span from simple dark cherry and move up to more enticing notes of clove, crushed granite and toasted nut. It should last for two decades. Only 4,990 bottles were produced.

The Martini di Cigala family has produced a stunning set of new releases this year. The Merlot-based La Ricolma and the Chianti Classico Riserva Le Baròncole are two of the big surprises. San Giusto a Rentennano is located in the Gaiole in Chianti township - often considered one of the coolest in the Chianti Classico appellation. Yet, the property with its heavily Galestro and Alberese rocky soils (at 315 meters above sea level) is located on the lower side of the township where average temperatures are higher. In relation to its neighbors, San Giusto a Rentennano sees fruit ripen faster compared to the rest of the Gaiole in Chianti area." (WA)

"The 2013 La Ricolma is another superb wine from San Giusto. For years, Luca Martini has worked to prune his vines so that the Merlot would ripen late, in October, taking significant risks along the way to do so. For the first time, Martini got what he wanted in 2013. And the result is a spectacular Ricolma. Succulent black cherry, plum, mocha, spice, leather and dark spices are fused together. This is one of the most complete, unctuous Ricolmas I have ever tasted. Nothing is out of place. The 2013 is a stunningly beautiful Ricolma to treasure over the next two decades or so. The 2013 is one of the finest - perhaps the finest - young Ricolma I have ever tasted. Luca Martini di Cigala raised the 2013 in French oak barrels, 40% of which were new." (VM)

Winery Notes:
Wine Information:
Colour:
Ruby red tending to purple with ageing

Nose:
Fine, intense, ripe cherry, rasberry, tobacco

Flavour:
Full-bodied, smooth, quite fresh, well balanced, ripe tannins, very intense, persistent

Average no. bottles/year:
5000

Vinification and ageing:
Fermentation and maceration with the skins for 15 days. Maturing for 22 months in French oak (Allier, Nevers) barriques (225 litre capacity). Finishing in the bottle for 6 months.

Past Wine Advocate Reviews:
2011: N/R
2010: 96
2009: 94
2008: 95
2007: 96
2006: 93
2005: 92
2004: 95
2003: 94
YOU GET THE IDEA!