Some of Italy's best wines got their start when ordinary, everyday Italians decided making wine might be fun. Sergio Manetti, the Sangiovese purist who created Le Pergole Torte, is one example. The three cousins who inadvertently started the cult Campania estate Galardi when they turned to winemaking as a hobby is another, and, likewise, Giuseppe Castiglioni didn't expect his puttering to begin an estate like Querciabella. Like those estates, Suvereto's Tua Rita began as a side venture for its owners. Tua Rita started as a lark, hobbyists who made wine so good that they had to share it with the world--and the world is glad they did.
These "unexpected" wines show that good things can come from taking a risk, and today, I'm delighted to announce the release of the Tua Rita 2013 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 with 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, which we offered last week, and alongside Le Macchiole's Messorio, Redigaffi the best known, best loved, most collectable, fastest-selling Italian Merlot, and this '13 bottling should only heighten that status. It's a breathtaking, pure wine, and I feel certain you'll love it.
Along with this new release, I'm delighted to bring back two favorites--Domenico Clerico's knockout 2009 Barolo Pajana and Domaine Ponsot's 2012 Morey-St-Denis 1er Cru Cuvee Alouettes. Both of these wines are delicious right now, but they'll drink for years, and both will set up your winter drinking in style. The frost is on the pumpkin, and it's time to embrace those autumn wines!