A Note from Sergio
of Italy's best wines got their start when ordinary, everyday Italians
decided winemaking might be fun. Sergio Manetti, the Sangiovese purist
who created Le Pergole Torte, is one example. Similarly, three cousins
inadvertently started the cult Campania estate Galardi when they turned
to winemaking as a hobby, and Giuseppe Castiglioni didn't expect his
puttering to begin an estate like Querciabella. Like those estates, Tua
Rita began as a side venture, a lark, a hobbyist who made wine so good
that they had to share it with the world--and the world is glad they
Today, I'm delighted to debut the Tua Rita 2012 Redigaffi.
The name "Redigaffi" is all it takes to raise excitement in lots of wine
lovers, and there's no question why. This Merlot grabs you and hugs you
from the inside in a warm, enveloping embrace. It makes you feel good
from your toes to your hairline, as if all is absolutely right with the
world. Next to Masseto and alongside Le Macchiole's Messorio, which we
offered last week, it's the best known, best loved, most collectable,
fastest-selling Italian Merlot, and this 2012 should only heighten that
status. It's a breathtaking wine of remarkable purity, and I feel
certain you'll love it.
Along with this wine from
hobbyist-turned-winemaker Tua Rita, I'm delighted to present two
bottlings from two different estates whose makers more or less have wine
in their blood. The first is from Piero Incisa della Rocchetta, the
grandson of Mario Incisa, who created Sassicaia. Like his grandfather,
Piero had a vision that led him to make fascinating wines in interesting
places, but rather than stay in Italy, Piero went to Argentina. The
Bodega Chacra Treinta y Dos 2010 offered today is his old-vine Pinot
Noir from the high, dry plains of Patagonia. The second wine comes from
the late great Edoardo Valentini, a man who so shrouded his estate in
mystery that no one knows how he made his mind-bending Abruzzo wines.
The 15-year-old Trebbiano d'Abruzzo we offer today will keep you from
wondering too--it's just that indescribable and exceptional.