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CLETUS 2016 IGT Toscana
Vintage Assessments Tasting Note Producer CORTE MEDICEA
This is one of 39 items out of 88 releases not presented for evaluation under new LCBO policies. A REPEAT of the recommended 2016 (**/**+) that was released on January 5, 2019 at $17.95. Here is my previous note: Very deep intense purple colour. Fairly complex, Intense, slightly spicy, bright, ripe plum nose with some sandalwood notes. Fairly dry, medium bodied, harmonious, slightly spicy, ripe, fresh plum-cherry purée flavours with a lingering, harmonious, sandalwood-tinged finish. This ready-to-drink blend of 50% Sangiovese and 50% Merlot has 13.5% alcohol and 12 g/L residual sugar with lot number L03/17 on the back label. OK - here is the Luca Maroni Vintages release hat trick with a startling 96-point score for this gently off-dry, commercial, Italian red. The LCBO refused to present this REPEAT to the wine writers. So who knows when this batch was bottled and what it actually tastes like. The ever-increasing reliance of Vintages on using scandalous sky-high scores to buy and sell wines has managed to undermine consumer confidence among serious wine lovers who used to regularly shop there. True quality is now less important than a high score no matter how irrelevant the latter might be. CSPC 574137
Type Red Table Wine
Agent Tra Cor
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Rating **/**+(88 points)
Ripe, Harmonious, Bright
LCBO Text Status Recommended by Vintage Assessments!
TASTING NOTE: Sensations: an exceptional wine. Impenetrable colour and full contact with its flow thanks to majestic extractive consistency. The balance between softness, acidity and thick tannin is enjoyed in the smoothness and breadth on the palate. The oxidative integrity and clean wine execution can be felt in the purity and firmness of blackberry in all its vibrant and spicy sparkle. One of the best Italian reds this year, hats off. Score - 96 (Luca Maroni, lucamaroni.com, Feb. 14, 2018) Price $ 17.95
Bottle Size 750 mL
Tasting Date vintages release - January 25, 2020
Cases bought 688 (12 bottles per case)

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