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2015 Tuscan Futures Recap - Top Finds from Glorious Vintage - 01/02/2018 - Italy

The final assessments are in and we can report with confidence that the 2015 vintage in Tuscany was a resounding success. The top wines in particular are magnificent, with James Suckling tapping the 2015 Tua Rita "Redigaffi" as his “Wine of 2017.” There’s no denying there’s something very special about these 2015s. Ideal growing conditions led to wines of extraordinary purity, focus, and balance. Whether you are a longtime collector of Tuscany’s top collectibles or just now finding your way to them, the 2015s are can’t miss wines that will reward for decades upon decades to come. Given the bevy of perfect and near perfect scores, demand has been through the roof for these treasures, so securing them on pre-arrival is the best way to get the quantities you want. It isn’t often a vintage comes along that’s so universally adored, so don’t miss out on this very unique opportunity.

Vintage Item Name Score Retail Link
2015 San Giusto a Rentennano Chianti Classico (Pre-Arrival) 93 $27.99 View
2015 Tua Rita "Giusto di Notri" Toscana (Pre-Arrival) 97 $59.99 View
2015 Fattoria Le Pupille "Saffredi" Maremma Toscana (Pre-Arrival) 99 $79.99 View
2015 Petrolo "Galatrona" Toscana (Pre-Arrival) 99 $79.99 View
2015 Bibi Graetz "Testamatta" Rosso Toscana (Pre-Arrival) 99 $99.99 View
2015 Tua Rita "Per Sempre" Syrah Toscana (Pre-Arrival) 98 $159.99 View
2015 Tua Rita "Redigaffi" Toscana (Pre-Arrival) 100 $239.99 View

2015 San Giusto a Rentennano Chianti Classico (Pre-Arrival) - 12 available ($27.99)

93 points Vinous: "The 2015 Chianti Classico is one of the very best wines in its class. Rich, ample and creamy, it is endowed with serious volume to match its racy personality. Even so, there is more than enough Sangiovese freshness to ensure many years of fine drinking. Expressive floral notes give the wine just the right amount of aromatic lift to balance some of the natural richness of the year. What a gorgeous wine this is! (AG)" (01/2018)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The accessible and satisfying 2015 Chianti Classico is 95% Sangiovese and 5% Canaiolo from Gaiole in Chianti. This is a fine and precise wine that puts forth a classic interpretation of the varieties at hand. It also reflects some of the wildness of the territory it represents. This expression ages in tonneaux and botte grande for 11 months and the purity of the fruit is left virtually untouched. (ML)" (10/2017)

2015 Tua Rita "Giusto di Notri" Toscana (Pre-Arrival) ($59.99)

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." (08/2017)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Here is a high performance wine from Stefano Frascolla and his family. The 2015 Giusto di Notri is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with smaller parts Cabernet Franc and Merlot. The wine is contemporary, complex and gorgeous from tip to toe. You get a lot of power here and generous oak-driven tones of sweet espresso, chocolate and spice that surround a succulent core of dark fruit and candied cherry. All these elements appear even bigger and bolder in this warm vintage. (ML)" (11/2017)

2015 Fattoria Le Pupille "Saffredi" Maremma Toscana (Pre-Arrival) - -332 available ($79.99)

99 points James Suckling: "I love the currant and rosemary character of this wine. Some sage, too. Complex aromas that draw you in. Full body, extremely tight and chewy with a long and intense finish. The tannins are fantastic - so polished. Focused and beautiful. Mineral undertone with ash and hot stone highlighting the dark fruits. It goes on for minutes. Needs three or four years to come together. But a serious red all the way. *Ranked #9 on Top 100 of 2017*" (08/2017)

97 points Vinous: "The 2015 Saffredi is a total head-turner. Bold and explosive, the 2015 captures all the magic that Le Pupille is capable of. Crème de cassis, lavender, mint, licorice and truffle are some of the notes that give the 2015 is decidedly exotic, racy personality. Even with all of its abundant richness, the 2015 possesses terrific supporting structure and phenomenal balance. In a word: magnificent! I can't wait to see how the 2015 ages. (AG)" (04/2018)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Saffredi is a sultry and velvety wine from the Tuscan Coast. The blend is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot that sees 18 months in new and neutral oak. The textural richness is of the highest caliber, and the bouquet produces a long succession of black fruit, exotic spice and savory tobacco flavors. There's a touch of mocha chocolate and toasted espresso bean as well. The wine delivers great length and power. It promises not only to age but to improve as it spends more years in the cellar. (ML)" (11/2017)

Staff ImageGreg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 22, 2016

I tasted a barrel sample of this wine last September and I was blown away! Saffredi is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot but grown along the Tuscan coast. The hallmark of the 2015 vintage for me is the sweet fruit purity is totally evident, the fruit just sings, ripe yet focused, complex and really engaging. On the palate the wine is bold, rich yet not fat, it has superb balance and length, the fruit character is so complex yet open at the same time a revelation. The finish is fresh, lifted and just seems to go on forever, a hint of toastiness now but that will age out by the time the wine is bottled and released, a fabulous wine!

2015 Petrolo "Galatrona" Toscana (Pre-Arrival) - -572 available ($79.99)

99 points James Suckling: "Terrific aromas of violets, roses and raspberries with hints of strawberries and brown sugar. Full body. Phenomenal layers of focused fruit and polished velvety tannins. This is the Galatrona that everyone has been waiting for. It's the vintage that shows depth and power yet wonderful finesse and focus. Best ever. Drink from 2023 but already electrifying. *Ranked #2 on Top 100 of 2017*" (08/2017)

97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2015 Galatrona is another gem from this estate. Made from a single vineyard and 100% Merlot brought up in one-third new French oak, its vibrant purple color is followed by a heavenly bouquet of crème de cassis, black cherries, leafy herbs, crushed rock, and violets. Incredibly pure and finesse-driven on the palate, yet still concentrated and powerful, its building tannin and integrated acidity all point to a very long life." (03/2018)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Galatrona is one of the best Merlots made in Italy (definitely in the top five) and this vintage keeps the banner flying high. The 2015 Galatrona is luscious, soft, soothing and ever-so intense. The wine wraps thickly over the senses and the palate with lasting flavors of dark fruit and spice. Specifically, you get black cherry, pressed blackberry, toasted spice and bitter chocolate or fragrant espresso. The wine shows depth and length, width and soaring heights. It's young now, so put the bottle at the back of your cellar. (ML)" (10/2017)

95 points Vinous: "Ample and voluptuous on the palate, the 2015 Galatrona (Merlot) is terrific. Dark plum, licorice, leather, tobacco, smoke and savory herbs fill out the wines frame effortlessly. At times quite powerful while in other moments more restrained, the 2015 offers a super-appealing push and pull of aromas, flavors and textures that is compelling. The 2015 needs time to be at its best, but it is a terrific example of the current style at Petrolo captured at its very best. (AG)" (01/2018)

Staff ImageGreg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 10, 2016

I visited Luca Sanjust at his winery Petrolo in September 2015 and got to taste his 100% Merlot Galatrona as it was being racked off the skins--it was its first breath as a wine. I knew immediately that this was a tremendous wine: the aromatic purity, saturated flavors, exceptional length just screamed greatness. Even at such a young stage its palate presence was remarkable, such balance, and as the finish approached it just seemed to lift off your tongue at the back; superb length, yet it was a newborn and needed time. Fast forward to September 2016, I was able to taste at James Sucklings first-ever Tuscan en primeur barrel tasting where I tasted close to 50 Super Tuscans from 2015. The 2015 Petrolo Galatrona didnt disappoint. If youve never had Galatrona before and arent a fan of California styled Merlot, youve not experienced a Merlot like this. The nose, while still evolving, was exceptionally complex, with layers of earth, spice, leather, and bolder berry flavors, but what was most exciting was the floral component: wisps of dried violet and lavender came in at the finish. On the palate the wine was elegant first, so in line, no extra fat; it was sinewy, long, more like a swimmers body, supple, long, yet you can sense the power and direction. The flavors were still nascent, yet the fruit was preparing to burst forward. The finish was highlighted by elegance, restrained power; I could feel the tension of evolution that was preparing for the next stage of develop

2015 Bibi Graetz "Testamatta" Rosso Toscana (Pre-Arrival) - -150 available ($99.99)

99 points James Suckling: "A stunning wine. This is the best Testamatta ever made. Fascinating aromas of red fruits, tea, bark and wet soil as well as fresh leather. Full body, silky tannins and a juicy finish. I love the tension and texture of this great red. So gorgeous to taste now but better in 2021. *Top 100 of 2017*" (08/2017)

K&L Notes: Once a blend, Graetz made the conversion to 100% Sangiovese in Testamatta starting in 2006 and notched a WS98 score that placed it among the top single-varietal Sangiovese bottlings from this great vintage. A track record of successes followed with each vintage culminating in this best-ever 2015. Made in tiny amounts (usually in the ballpark of 1000 to 1500 cases), it is the flagship wine of what many call one of the true garagistes of Tuscany.

2015 Tua Rita "Per Sempre" Syrah Toscana (Pre-Arrival) ($159.99)

98 points James Suckling: "I love the dried flowers and smoked meats with hints of plums and berries. Full body, layered and refined with an extremely pretty and textured palate. Tea and dark fruits. Deep and fantastic. Savory. 20% whole berry. Best ever? Made from organic grapes." (08/2017)

96 points Vinous: "Tua Rita's 2015 Syrah Per Sempre offers notable textural richness and depth, with a thread of whole cluster aromatic nuance that is woven throughout a core of intense dark fruit. Savory and floral notes continue to emerge with time in the glass. Creamy, silky tannins add to the wine's considerable appeal. (AG)" (04/2018)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tua Rita's Syrah is quickly reaching quality levels that could put it ahead of the estate's celebrated Merlot Redigaffi. In fact, I approached this tasting of warm-vintage releases with special curiosity and anticipation for this particular wine over the others (based on how well Syrah does in hot vintages). Ultimately, the 2015 Syrah Per Sempre took a little extra time to open, and the bouquet was initially shy and reticent. Slowly and surely, it started to deliver dark fruit intensity with smoke, cured meat and spicy tobacco. The wine performs beautifully in the palate, however, and a big part of my score was inspired by the excellence of the mouthfeel. It is nuanced, rich and velvety. (ML)" (11/2017)

K&L Notes: As reported in the Wine Advocate in 2013, "Stefano Frascolla and Tua Rita have almost single-handedly put Suvereto on Italy’s winemaking map. His latest releases are nothing short of spectacular." This estate continues to impress, and offers some of Italy's very best Syrahs. The 2015 "Per Sempre" is boosted by a perfect vintage - warm, but not too dry or wet. The aromatics leap from the glass, and the wine is an ideal Syrah composition of spice, graphite minerality and dark fruit. Made from a very small selection of the 15 best barriques, this wine is elegant, complex and age-worthy.

2015 Tua Rita "Redigaffi" Toscana (Pre-Arrival) ($239.99)

100 points James Suckling: "This is an extraordinary merlot with such purity and focus. Flowers such as violets and hints of orange peel. It is full-bodied yet incredibly energetic and structured. The finish goes on for minutes. Seamless texture. Fresh yet dense. Contrasty. Best Redigaffi ever. Hard not to drink now but a wine for decades. *Top 100 of 2017*" (08/2017)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "No surprise, Tua Rita delivers yet another unbelievable edition of its legendary Merlot from Coastal Tuscany. The 2015 Redigaffi is a blockbuster, a beautiful and expressive blockbuster at that. This vintage delivers a unique level of intensity and power that is very much linked to the easily ripened fruit obtained in this warm and sunny vintage. Despite that inner bulk and power, the wine reveals an elegant sense of harmony and depth. Etched mineral or graphite notes segue to black fruit, spice, leather, mocha and toasted espresso bean. The wine is structured and firm in terms of mouthfeel. (ML)" (11/2017)

95 points Vinous: "Just bottled a few weeks ago, the 2016 Redigafi is rich, powerful and explosive, with serious depth and volume in all of its dimensions. A host of chocolate, mocha, espresso, licorice and smoke overtones give the wine nuance to match its intense, super-ripe purplish and black-fleshed fruit. (AG)" (04/2018)