96 Points - Luca Maroni
94 Insider Points

REVIEWS

"One of the best Italian red wines of the year". - Luca Maroni


The 2016 Cletus Super Tuscan from Corte Medicea just landed, and it’s delicious.  Expect aromas of violet and rose, along with mixed cherries, raspberry and notes of smoke, cedar and baking spice.  The palate is juicy and expressive, with a bright berry acidity and young dry tannin on the smooth finish.  A young wine that is drinking great on release, enjoy now through 2022. - 94 Points - DZ July 2017

WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    Sangiovese
  • APPELLATION
    Tuscany, Italy
  • ALCOHOL
    14.00%
  • SIZE
    750ml

Luca Maroni (Italy’s closest approximation to Robert Parker), is a powerful wine critic and one of Europe’s most trusted palates. Maroni gave this Direct Import Tuscan red 96 points—which may very well mean that the cat is now forever out of the bag for this former wine industry secret.

The 2016 Cletus is a gorgeous blend of equal parts Sangiovese and Merlot, from the elegant, classic vintage of 2016. Ready to drink now, thanks to the wine’s supple, silky and gentle tannins, this Super Tuscan will also repay five to 10 years of cellar time for those Members with patience of steel. Aged for three months in French oak barrels and a further three months in bottle prior to release. Until our Sourcing Team came upon this gem during a trip last year to Tuscany, this particular Super Tuscan was only sold in the E.U. Drink this newly released 2016 with pork dishes, spaghetti in red sauce or old-fashioned meatloaf and see for yourself what American wine lovers have been missing out on!

·      Previously available only in Europe, this Direct Import is a powerhouse value in the generally pricey Super Tuscan category.

·      Corte Medicea is owned by Tenuta La Bollina, an ultra-modern winery established in the historic residence of the Marquis Figari of Genoa—an Italian aristocrat of considerable fame and incredible taste.

·      Winemaker Andrea Bernardini studied at Pisa in one of Italy’s most renowned winemaking schools before working with a number of Tuscan estates including Poggio Bonelli and Ruffina.

·      According to James Suckling: “The 2016s are some of the best Super Tuscans tasted this year.” The young vintage promises to give the excellent 2015 Tuscan reds a serious run for their money.

TASTING NOTES 

This wine is very bold with structured tanins. It contains notes of blackberry currant and eucalyptus. 

THE STORY TO KNOW

Situated in the historical territory specializing in Gavi DOCG production, La Bollina vineyard for centuries was been the residence Marchioness Figari of Genova. Within the 120 hectares and surrounded by hills, chestnut woods develops prestigious wines.

Here you will not only find the Agriculture Company, which expands for 28 hectares of vineyard and has a good equipped production wine cellar, but also three types of high quality tourist accommodation: an Art Nouveau villa transformed into a 4 star luxury hotel with a green park and Congress Center, a modern 4 star hotel and for those who are keen on golf, an 9 hole golf course extended between the vineyards, where we produce our wines

PERFECT PAIRINGS

We recommend uncorking this alongside a delicious prime rib or beef stew.