This installment of Cellar Notes features a wine from the tiny, but excellent Tuscan producer Tua Rita
Located in Suvereto, in the Maremma coastal region of Tuscany,  Tua Rita has been growing grapes for decades.  Upon acquiring the property, Rita Tua, whom the estate is named after, along with her partner, planted Cabernet and Merlot grapes.  These grapes were sold annually and used to produce the revered Sassicaia wine.  Beginning with the 1992 harvest, Tua Rita began bottling their own wines.  The subject of this posting, is their 100% Sangiovese, Perlato del Bosco.
The 2001 Perlato del Bosco, is everything one could hope for in a cellared Sangiovese.  It’s dark blackish-red in color and gives off intense aromas of crushed black fruits, cedar, leather and wild flower underbrush. In the mouth, the wine delivers seamless layers of complexity.  Crushed berries, flowers, leather, and warmed earth are presented harmoniously.  Balance and intensity are the keys here. Throwing a substantial sediment.  Served with porcini glazed short ribs, this was quite the match at a local trattoria.   This wine easily excels alongside it’s more notable and more expensive Sangiovese Super Tuscan brethren.  92 points, about $35. 

Cellars at Tua Rita, Suverto Tuscany

2001 Tua Rita, Perlato del Bosco

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