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Tua Rita is the Italian equivalent of the garagiste wines of Bordeaux, small at only 35 hectares of vines and consistently releasing some of Italy's finest red wines. Owned by Rita Tua and her husband Virgilio Bisti, the estate is located in Suvereto in Northern Maremma and then thanks to some stelar reviews in the wine press, Tua Rita has gone from a relatively unknown to a world-famous producer. Their flagship wine, a 100% Merlot, the Redigaff IGT Toscana stands effortlessly on the world stage and other wines in their quiver such as the Guisto di Notri IGT Toscana, Syrah OGT Toscana and Rosso di Notri IGT Toscana share a similar pedigree.

The 2004 Giusto di Notri is a terrific effort. A richly colored ruby, this beautifully proportioned barrique-aged blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot offers lovely notes of nuanced yet vibrant ripe dark fruit, graphite, minerals and toasted oak with great length, superb balance and lively acidity which gives the wine a sense of freshness as well as lift on the finish. Still backward and primary it will require at least another year or two in the bottle. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2016; Wine Advocate # 169; Tasted: Feb 2007; Rating: 93 Pointsl  Antonio Galloni - Robert Parker


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