2018 Tua Rita Lodano Rosso Toscana

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Wine Critic Reviews for 2018 Tua Rita Lodano Rosso Toscana

This is a relatively new addition to the Tua Rita family, and the wine is quickly taking on its own identity despite its older brothers (Redigaffi, Giusto di Notri and Per Sempre) that have always earned the spotlight. The 2018 Lodano Rosso is Petit Verdot and Merlot, with the Merlot (from 35-year-old vines) down to about 30% of the blend in this vintage. The wine matures in barrique, with a touch of American oak, for one year. One-third of the total volume sees new oak. The results reveal lots of extraction, richness and a big pleasure factor that rushes the senses. This is a bold, confident, almost brazen red wine that opens quickly and keeps the intensity factor going strong until the very last drop. With big shoulders and some stockiness, Lodano Rosso shows the tightness and nervous character of youth (and of the Petit Verdot grape, of course). It won't be released until October 2020 (with 12,000 bottles hitting the market), but even then it will need a bit more time to integrate and soften. Your patience will be rewarded, because the primary material on hand is fabulous.

Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 93-95 RP
A red with lots of ripe fruit that verges on jam with blackberry and chocolate throughout. It’s full-bodied and layered. Round tannins. Ripe style to this. Give it a year or two to come down. Lots of fruit here. Try in 2022.

James Suckling | 92 JS

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Vintage 2018
Color Red
Country Italy: What are the first things that come to mind when thinking about Italy and Italian culture? There's one thing that nearly everyone tends to mention, it's the food - and where there's fine food, there is almost always fine wine. Italy is the most prolific wine region in the world, outclassing even France in terms of production quantity. Even if you're a complete wine novice, you have almost certainly heard of names such as Barolo and Barbaresco, Italy's most famous wine styles. When it comes to soil composition and other geographical characteristics, Italy offers a lot of diversity, and this never fails to show in the wines themselves.
Producer Tua Rita: The astounding success of Tua Rita is even more shocking and awe-inspiring when you consider their relative youth in the wine world. It shows that few obstacles can truly slow down a passionate, talented winemaker and their team. Tua Rita has accumulated widespread praise for the raw quality of their flagship wines, especially concerning their 100% Merlot varietal. Tuscany's many reputable wineries make for incredibly powerful competitors, a fact that seems to have only motivated Tua Rita's creative visionaries. Their wines are often full-bodied and commanding, boasting intense flavor and significant aging potential. It should surprise no one that they're in high demand among collectors, and that they tend to be hard to procure. If you can get your hands on a bottle or two, cherish them for as long as you can.
Rating 93-95 RP
Region Tuscany: Italian culture worships the concept of a shared meal, and their wines scream for a chance to be uncorked with your friends and family. The region's Mediterranean climate and hilly landscape combine to create a beautiful viticultural environment, where every chosen grape is brought to its full potential and transmuted into drinks worthy of gods. The vineyards are planted along the higher reaches of the hill slopes, creating a gorgeous view of the Italian landscape. Once your lips kiss the wine, you're sent spiraling down a veritable whirlpool of pure flavor, touching upon notes of sensuous cherry, nuts, floral hints and undertones of honey and minerals. The wines can be as sweet as a fresh summer romance, and carry an air of dignity and elegance about them that can stimulate your intellect for months as you contemplate the seemingly infinite intricacies and details in the texture. Tuscany is an important part of Italian viticulture, and sampling their wines is the closest you can get to visiting this heavenly region and experiencing the culture.
Type of Wine Super Tuscan/IGT: Many grape varietals are planted all over the world so they're not typical for one single country anymore. For instance, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc form part of many blends coming from different countries. Super Tuscan wines are produced in this Italian region, but grape varietals used in the making are not indigenous - those are mostly Syrah, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Varietal Proprietary Blend: There's a level of mystery and intrigue when it comes to drinking a wine for which you're not fully informed about, and if that sounds like a thrilling idea to you, then you're probably already interested in proprietary blends. While the concept doesn't have a legal definition, it is used to describe blends whose components aren't disclosed by the producer. In many cases, the wine tends to be a Bordeaux-inspired blend, but this isn't always the case.
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