Tua Rita Perlato del Bosco 2007
Other Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
A blend of 70% Sangiovese, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Syrah from the Perlato del Bosco vineyard. The grapes are harvested between late September and early October. After a gentle pressing, the must is macerated with the skins for 15 to 18 days. The cap is manually punched down daily for greater color and flavor extraction. The wine is aged for 20 months in oak barrels, and refined six months in the bottle before release.
Concentrated and dense, Perlato del Bosco is brilliant ruby red in color with dark hues. This gorgeous wine offers supple aromas of blackberry, cherry liqueur, currants, ripe plums, incense and leather. Perlato del Bosco is dense, fullbodied and spicy on the palate with mellow tannins and a persistent note of licorice on the finish. Recommended with roast beef, rich pastas, steaks, sausages and aged cheeses.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2007 Perlato del Bosco offers up mineral-infused blueberries, violets, tar and licorice. At first rather tense, the wine opens up nicely, with a gorgeous, muscular expression of fruit that is married with superb clarity and freshness throughout. Impeccably polished tannins inform the beautiful, long finish. Sweet scents of pipe tobacco add a sense of lift on the close. This is a marvelous effort from Tua Rita and a hugely over-achieving wine relative to the estate's top bottlings. Needless to say, the 2007 Perlato del Bosco is highly recommended. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2027."
Tua Rita Winery
Suvereto is a small, medieval town in the province of Livorno. The estate was acquired by Rita Tua and Virgilio Bisti in 1984. Additional vineyards were planted in 1988, 1997 and 1998 which means that fans of these limited wines can look forward to an increase in production as soon as the newest vines bear fruit.
This tiny Tuscan estate has been the recipient of constant accolades for the explosively rich, full bodied wines produced. As of 1998, Stefano Chioccioli, has been the winemaker at this estate. Stefano is reknown in Italy for his expertise in both the vineyard and the cellar and also works with other high quality producers like Allegrini, I Giusti e Zanza and Fanti. View all Tua Rita Wines
About TuscanyView a map of Tuscany wineries (TUSS-can-ee) Sangiovese. Most of the wine coming from Tuscany is made from some clone of this varietal, but a growing trend, started by the renegade winemakers of those Super Tuscans, is to incorporate more international varietals.
Notable FactsThe most well known sub-districts of Tuscany are Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (note that Montepulciano here refers to the local village, not the grape variety found in the Italian region of Abruzzi). Wine labeled from these regions is DOC-regulated and Sangiovese-based blends. Quality wine from these DOC areas has been on the rise for decades, with top-notch winemakers and wineries shedding the low-quality image once held for Tuscan wine by producing consistently outstanding bottlings that range from deliciously drinkable to highly ageable. Newer to the scene are regions like Bohlgeri and the Maremma, home to of what are now termed "Super-Tuscans," named for the wine coming from the Tuscany area, but not following all of the DOC or DOCG laws required in Italy. In the 1970's, some pioneer winemakers began buying land outside of Chianti and Montalcino, and planting not only Sangiovese, but also international varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The wine they produced only fit into the lowest Italian category of "vina da tavola," but the winemakers sold the wine for high prices, creating an almost cult following, and spurning a new wine category called IGT.
A little ditty about Italy...This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.
For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well.
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Light & Fruity
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