2013 San Giusto a Rentennano Merlot La Ricolma IGT 1.5 L

Year: 2013
Appellation: Tuscany
Country: Italy
Wine Spectator: 93
Vinous Media: 97
Red Wine
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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)

"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!