2015 San Giusto a Rentennano Merlot La Ricolma IGT 3.0 L

Year: 2015
Appellation: Tuscany
Country: Italy
Wine Advocate: 98
James Suckling: 96
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :
$599.95

EXTREMELY RARE....FANTASTIC JUICE!! JUST OFF THE CHARTS! WHAT A PRICE HERE AT THE LOS ANGELES WINE COMPANY TOO!! YOU HAVE HEARD OF MASSETO?($180.00 RELEASE PRICE)

"Wow, the 2015 La Ricolma is wine that leaves you speechless-quite literally-because you'll want to focus all your attention on drinking it. This pure expression of Merlot from one of Italy's most blessed growing sites is an outstanding wine. There's so much beauty and intensity here, it's hard to know where to begin. The bouquet bursts open with black fruit, spice and leather. The combined effect of the wine's extreme integration is so smooth and silky to the palate. That Merlot softness wraps over and caresses the senses with care and grace. This is a medium to full-weight wine, but ultimately, its texture is lighter and more streamlined than you might expect. This is a crucial key to what makes this wine so profoundly attractive. Only 5,780 bottles were made." (WA)

"This shows huge intensity on the nose with pressed violets, eucalyptus, cedar, tobacco and five-spice powder, but there’s also an unmistakable edginess of citrus, candle wax and orange rind. Full-bodied with really fleshy plums, supported by honed-in tannins and driven acidity. Long, muscular yet elegant. Drink in 2022." (JS)

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:
2015: 98
2014: 96+
2013: 97
2012: 93
2011: N/R
2010: 96
2009: 94
2008: 95
2007: 96
2006: 93
2005: 92
2004: 95
2003: 94
YOU GET THE IDEA!