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Tua Rita Syrah 2006
Sorry for the extended sabbatical, I fell unconscious under a pile of tasting notes, but I’m back now so let’s say no more about it. Instead, let’s say some more about this, the Tua Rita Syrah 2006.
The love affair between myself and Tua Rita continues, so in lust with the soft, voluptuous Redigaffi I never imagined there would be a place in my heart for a second Rita.
The Tua Rita Syrah 2006, while lacking the punchy alter ego title of her Merlot sister, is clearly the more extrovert and stylish knocking your palate for six and making no apology for it. Subtle she aint.
Tua Rita produces some of the best single varietal wines in Tuscany proving time and again that there is more to this varied region than the irrepressible Sangiovese. Created in 1984, Tua Rita never courted Sangiovese at all, 100m above sea level and resting in the clay soil, they went straight to Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and like to argue that, despite ignoring typical local grape varieties, the Tuscan terroir still shone bright in the glass. A little fanciful perhaps, but a glass of the Redigaffi, Syrah or Guisto de Notri and you’ll soon be forgiving the flowery assertions, and after a bottle you’ll find yourself agreeing totally!
This bottle of Tua Rita Syrah 2006 came to my door on a snowy freezing cold March morning in South London along with another 11 great bottles that will be blogged up this month. I have decided to review 12 blockbuster reds from 2006, a vintage with such incredibly mixed reviews that I thought it would be fun to compare and contrast regions from producers who are consistently on their game and wines that rarely miss. So how did Tuscany and Tua Rita fair? Well. Incredibly well. So well in fact I’m worried I’ve started with the best bottle and it could all be down hill from here. Drama & Suspense… I haz it.
Tua Rita Syrah 2006 – BUY – €100
Deep, dark and full of promise, if it’s possible to fall for a wine based on looks alone then well, I liked it, and if I could, I’d have put a ring on it. Aromatically forward and seductive with generous notes of blackberries, chocolate and vanilla. On the palate this wine continues its fruit and chocolate seduction with a full bodied hit of jammy fruit. A big wine, forceful wine yet smooth and perfectly balanced. Winner. 98 Points
Where can I buy this wine?
Europeans – Wijncuriosa – €100
Americans –Vinopolis – $164
Brits – Fine and Rare – £113
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