PV Tasting Notes
The 2008 Duemani is inky/blue in colour, exhibits sumptuous aromatics of menthol intermixed with charcoal, caramel, blackberry, black cherry and cassis, stupendously opulent and ultra fleshy in the mouth, dense and staggeringly concentrated, very full bodied, powerful, silky, long and almost irresistible. The tannins glide over the palate with exhilarating and rising length, this reminds me of the first ever vintage and is surly is the most profound wine to date. Since day one, I have always viewed this estate as an extraordinary project in the making and now the world is beginning to agree on this. Tasted April 2011Independent Review
96 Points Antonio Galoni The Wine Advocate Aug 2011
The 2008 Cabernet Franc Duemani is extraordinary. Silky tannins support a core of beautifully delineated dark fruit, grilled herbs, flowers and espresso in this breathtakingly elegant, polished wine. Expressive, articulated aromatics are woven throughout, adding lift and a sense of freshness. The wine shuts down quickly in the glass and appears headed for a period of dormancy, but it is impossible to miss its genius. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2028.
This is a stunning set of wines from Luca D’Attoma and Elena Celli. D’Attoma and Celli have really dialed in these wines over the last few years, but the 2008s are truly special. Peronospera was an issue in 2008 and took with it about 40% of the Merlot crop. The summer was dry and very hot, with 4-5 days of hot sirocco winds which caused the vineyards to go into hydric stress in July and August. D’Attoma and his vineyard crew dropped additional crop to give the vines a chance to recover. Whatever they did, it worked, as the flagships Duemani and Suisassi are both superb. As always the Duemani is fermented in oak vats, while the Suisassi is fermented in open-top French oak barrels. Both wines are aged in French oak, and the malos occur naturally.
Trailblazing oenologist Luca d’Attoma is probably most well-known for the wines he makes at Tua Rita and Le Macchiole, two of Bolgheri’s leading estates. In 2001 D’Attoma and his partner Elena Celli purchased several hectares of land in Riparbella, located in the northern reaches of Maremma. The seven hectares of hillside vineyards, which lie adjacent to Castello del Terriccio on their eastern border, are densely planted and farmed biodynamically. Ours was was the first company to purchase from Duemani these are some of the finest wines made in the region solely due to the winemaking philosophy. Duemani is a very young property, and there is a great deal to look forward to here.