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Three Pure, Powerful Italian Wines from Tua Rita, Antinori and Nicolis!
March 22, 2018
A Note from Sergio

When Rita Tua and Virgilio Bisti bought their Suvereto land in 1984, the region wasn't known for its winemaking. Yet the couple--who were wine-lovers, but by no means winemakers--chose to plant Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, grapes that do well in soils rich in clay and silt. Those initial plantings grew great grapes, which Virgilio and Rita made into wine. First the couple just made wine for their friends and family, and then they made wine for the world. Tua Rita found critical success early with its 1990's vintages of its flagship Bordeaux-style blend Giusto di Notri and its acclaimed Merlot Redigaffi, which made Tua Rita an international sensation with its inaugural 1994 vintage. Critical success is fine, but the passion of its fans has made Tua Rita flourish.

It's a beautiful thing to see an estate run by really terrific people who make really terrific wines grow the way that Tua Rita has--especially when it grows and still holds onto its core values and essential authentic self. Today, I'm proud to offer a new allocation of the 2014 Tua Rita Redigaffi, the twentieth-anniversary bottling of the estate's Merlot. This Redigaffi fires on all cylinders; it's a full-bodied, mineral-driven wine that rumbles in your mouth like an Italian sports car. This commemorative Redigaffi vintage is a fitting testament to the success of Tua Rita, and if you're one of this estate's many fans, you will not want to miss it.

Along with this full-throttle Italian wine, I'm delighted to offer two more: Badia a Passignano 2012 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione and Nicolis Valpolicella Classico. The former comes from the one Antinori family estate that's dedicated to just one wine: Chianti Classico Gran Selezione, the tip-top wine designation of the region. It takes longer to make this wine, it takes more dedication, and it takes more patience--and the wine shows its makers' painstaking care. This '12 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione is drinking now, but it'll drink for years and years to come. Finally, Nicolis is a beloved family-owned-and-operated estate, and their under $20 Valpolicella Classico is an ideal anytime red--it's delicious.


Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence: Tua Rita's Silky 2014 Redigaffi, the 20th Anniversary Bottling
2. Only At IWM: The Crème de la Crème of Chianti from Antinori's Badia a Passignano
3. Time Sensitive Offer: Meet Nicolis Valpolicella, Your New Go-To Red!
4. Wine Events: Upcoming March / April Wine Tasting Events

My Best,

Sergio Esposito