The 2017 harvest, which started in the middle of October, was the earliest anyone can remember, thanks largely to the drought caused by ‘Lucifer’, the heatwave creating a state of emergency in 11 regions. The long, dry summer also resulted in small olives, as they contained little water. The positive aspect of this was that initial pessimism about quantities was somewhat alleviated by a higher than average yield of oil. At Capezzana, for instance, they had a yield of 17.5 litres from every 100 kilos of olives, while last year they only extracted 15.5 litres.
Not only do the Manetti family produce some of Tuscany's most awarded red wines, they also produce one of the most delicious Olive Oils in Tuscany! The olives, grown on the estate, are hand picked and pressed the same day to ensure they keep both their freshness and incredible fragrancy. This is a beautifully rich coloured oil with a grassy note and an intense, yet elegant peppery kick. Perfect for drizzling over everything from grilled meats to salads.
Monica Larner (erobertparker.com)
Crisp and luminous, the 2016 Langhe Rossj-Bass is Chardonnay enhanced with a tiny part Sauvignon Blanc. This second grape only constitutes 5% of the blend, yet its presence is felt in a big way. The wine presents pristine and sharply delineated tones of exotic fruit, peach and white rose. Fruit is sourced in Barbaresco and in Serralunga d'Alba...
Axel Heinz, Winemaker
On the nose it expresses intense and refined notes of mature citrus fruit, exotic fruit and white flowers. On the palate it is fleshy and juicy with a vibrant, crystalline fruitiness which perfectly reflects the sunny, but not excessively hot year. The long lingering fruity finish leaves the palate clean and fresh.
Axel Heinz, Winemaker
93+ Points - Vinous (Antonio Galloni)
Pale bright straw-green. High-pitched aromas of cantaloupe and hazelnut complement sage, rosemary and green fig. Bright and juicy in the mouth, with a strong impression of extract enlivening the flavors of orange zest, botanical herbs and fresh fruit salad. This is the best Pecorino wine ever made by Tiberio, and it’s also the best, most varietally accurate Pecorino wine of the year.
96-97 Points - James Suckling
This is dense and structured with beautifully polished tannins and plenty of currant and blackberry character. Full body and chewy tannins yet refined and juicy. Lots of Mediterranean herbs with the dark fruit. Blend of mostly cabernet sauvignon with merlot and cabernet franc. Pretty barrel sample. This is coming along very nicely. Can't wait to taste in bottle. Made from organic grapes.
92 Points - James Suckling
This is only sangiovese from a single vineyard. Full and juicy with loads of fruit and coffee character. Spicy too. Lovely chewy texture. This area did much better than others in Tuscany..
96 Points - Antonio Galloni
The estate's 2007 Syrah explodes from the glass with cracked black pepper, cured meats, blueberry jam and sweet spices. This is a remarkably muscular, full-throttle Syrah that offers exceptional balance and tons of complexity. Mineral-infused black fruit, graphite and crushed rocks are some of the nuances that inform the long, refreshing finish. In 2007, the Syrah is Tua Rita's flagship wine.
97 Points - Antonio Galloni
Layers of inky, black fruit, grilled herbs, smoke, menthol and melted road tar are all layered together in the 2012 Syrah. Deep, fleshy and explosive in the glass, the Syrah is endowed with marvelous complexity and depth while remaining remarkably light on its feet for such a big wine. Hints of lavender, violets, leather and blueberry jam inform the finish. In 2012, the Syrah benefits greatly from longer macerations at lower temperatures and an overall gentler approach to extraction. The 2012 Syrah has been nothing short of remarkable on the multiple occasions I have tasted it so far.