99 JS / 97 DE / 98 WA
Wine #37 James Suckling's Top 100 Wines of 2015
Superb wine here, offering aromas of dark berries, tobacco, tar, blackberries and black cherries. It changes all the time and is very complex with hints of meat. On the palate its full-bodied and very well refined, showing wonderful tannin tension and polished texture. It closes with an amazing finish that lasts for minutes and turns to pure fruit. Better in 2018 but a fabulous young wine to taste now. A modern example of the legendary 1997 but more elegant. James Suckling
2013 in Tuscany was a more classic vintage, producing wines with some elegance and freshness. There’s a distinct feeling of ‘macchia mediterranea’ about this wine, with notes of green herb, tomato leaf and wild flowers. It's still quite dense and brooding, but with some lighter, leafy notes and a refreshing palate with little, crunchy tannins. There's a lovely range of flavours, from sweet tobacco and oak spice to ripe black fruit and sappy, green herbs. A powerful but beautifully structured wine.
The 2013 Redigaffi is a masterpiece from Coastal Tuscany. This is a phenomenal Merlot that offers so much intensity and generosity. These traits don't come easy and great risk is taken to give the grapes as much time as needed to ripen on the vines before harvest. Aromas of dark cherry, spice, wet earth and grilled herb are developed with stunning focus and precision. This is a thickly layered wine that literally sticks to your gums with gripping presence and ample power. The alcohol is is high and so is the dry extract, but both elements are well balanced and integrated. Ultimately, more importance is given to the complexity of the bouquet and it's fluid, ever-changing behavior. This wine just begs to be consumed, but bigger rewards await those who have the patience to wait. Don't miss this beauty. ML - The Wine Advocate