Lighter-bodied, especially considering it’s a #sangiovese #merlot #cabernetsauvignon blend. Somewhat reserved cassis aroma; classic Tuscan flavors: earthy wild cherry, slight pepper yet more fruit-forward with chewy tannins. I’d like more depth and bracing acidity but hard to argue with the $9 price at Costco. ***2 days later and the wine has awakened, more plush Sangiovese cherry-spice aroma and the tart cherry acidity has come forward. Excellent #toscanaigt - very strong QPR.*** — 12 days ago
This wine needs a LONG time to open up. The #cabernet #merlot blend greets you with egregious fruit and vanilla without any tannins for structure nor acidity for balance. After a full day in the wine fridge, it came alive with acidity, that vanilla receding to the background and some decent layers of flavor. I suspect the other bad reviews just gave up on the wine after uncorking. — 6 months ago
Pretty solid restaurant list #merlot blend. I wasn’t thrilled with the big vanilla load up front but it has some nice acidity and depth with soft tannins on the finish. The winemaker blended in some Cab Franc and Cabernet which yielded a touch of spice and interest - paired well with a NY strip steak and peppercorn sauce. — 8 months ago
Long overdue annual post for Gustav Meier. He would just turned 90. A very worthwhile #merlot in Gusti’s honor! Elegant and charming. Like him! — 17 days ago
Solid widely-available Charles Smith #merlot. Some dried plum, cigar box on the nose, fruit forward yet well balanced with acidity and some surprising pepper/spice notes. It paired very well with mixed beef tenderloin and chicken kebabs. Nice by-the-glass offering at a restaurant. — 3 months ago
This high-volume value #merlot pulls above its weight. Good dose of soft tannin fruit set in a healthy background of oak, but not egregious. It might not have been the best wine to mix into Sangria (I poured a side glass before mixing the fruit in) but hey, haven’t we all been in a rush while entertaining guests to quickly find a value bottle in your fridge or cellar? — 2 months ago
Reminiscing about this amazing value Super Tuscan we had at Officina last week during restaurant week in DC.
2016 Tua Rita Rosso dei Notri
Maremma, Tuscany, Italy
Restaurant week at Officina and a perfect wine for our three course meal. Thank you Natalie for the recommendation. Deep ruby red in appearance. Took some time to open up on the nose but showed layers of mocha, floral, touch of minerals, blue and black fruits and spices. Medium tannins (5.5/10) with balanced acidity and a medium plus body. Plush Merlot definitely comes through in the mid palate with black currants, black cherries, chocolate, espresso and a touch of earthiness. Long and lingering finish. Drink till 2023.
Crazy good wine for only $60.00 on a wine list. Made up of 50% Sangiovese with the remainder made up of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah, making this a true Super Tuscan Blend. All the Sangiovese is aged in stainless steel while the rest are aged in barriques. This wine is from an area in the southern part of Tuscany called Maremma, more specifically Upper Maremma in the Colline Metallifare zone. Need to find some more of this IGT. Label is designed by Raffaele De Rosa.
91 MD Points
$ - Purchased off the wine list at Officina in DC for $60.00. Retail price is $17.99 at MacArthur’s Beverages.
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