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Duemani Syrah Suisassi Costa Toscana 2017  - First Bottle


99 James Suckling -
This is a wonderful syrah with superb density and, at the same time, finesse and a quality of tannin that is most impressive. Raspberries, dark berries and licorice with some violet aromas, following through to a full body with soft, creamy tannins. Superb texture. From biodynamically grown grapes. Drink or hold.
95 Vinous -
The 2017 Suisassi (100% Syrah) is a total knock-out. A burst of wild cherry, lavender, sage, mint, licorice and cracked black pepper makes a strong opening statement. Bold and dense, with real explosive energy, the 2017 has a lot to offer. There is not much subtlety though. The 2017 was fermented in a combination of terracotta, cask, 600-liter barrels, and open-top barriques. It spent 30-35 days on the skins, with longer macerations in the larger vessels and a bit less time in the smaller barrels. Aging was done in a mix of 22 and 300-liter barrels.
94 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate -
The 2017 Syrah Suisassi is a super Syrah in terms of density, concentration and richness. We're talking big richness here, even for the vintage, so much so that it's almost too much of a good thing. Some 30% of the fruit is sees whole-cluster fermentation. The wine ends up in barrique for 18 months. This grape is really meant for this kind of heat and concentration. It's a bomb.

Technical Details

  • CountryItaly
  • RegionTuscany
  • AppellationTuscany
  • VineyardSuiassi
  • Farming MethodCertified Organic BioAgriCert and Demeter Certified Biodynamic
  • Alcohol14%

Duemani Syrah Suisassi Costa Toscana 2017

Syrah  |  Italy
JS99, VN95, WA94

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High above the Tuscan coastline, the boutique winery DueMani sits in the tiny town of Riparbella. The name of the winery translates to “two hands” – a representation of proprietors Elena Celli and Luca D’Attoma’s contribution to developing small-production, biodynamically grown, terroir-centric wines that leave a lasting impression. Their 2017 Suisassi syrah does just that – 99 POINTS and an enigmatic wonder of a wine that we just happen to have at the BEST price in the USA!

“This is a wonderful syrah with superb density and, at the same time, finesse and a quality of tannin that is most impressive...Superb texture.” – James Suckling

In 2001, the couple first purchased seven hectares of land in Riparbella, set in the mountains high above Bolgheri, that had previously been left wild and uncultivated for many years. Covered in Mediterranean shrubs, dense clay, and large stones, it was a site that needed a little TLC, and then some. Yet, Elena and Luca saw past the imperfections and understood the vast potential of these elevated vineyards. Set 820 feet above sea level and along a severe ridge, the vineyard bakes beneath the sun during the days, while the coastal breeze provides exceptional air flow and distinctly cooler nighttime temperatures. The variations in temperature, along with the extreme environment and rustic terroir, allow the grapes to slowly mature and reach a balanced bouquet and elegant complexity. Scents of both forestland and the sea waft throughout the property, and since its origin, DueMani has grown to 12 hectares of vineyard land, producing less than 4,000 cases of wine annually.

Committed to biodynamic and organic farming practices, Elena and Luca aim to produce clean, vibrant, and pure wines of their favorite varietals, including cabernet franc, merlot, a bit of grenache, and, of course, syrah. (They make one of our all-time favorite Italian cabernet francs, by the way.) Elena was born in the nearby town of Lucca and studied marketing in Florence before working in the fashion industry for several years. Luca comes from Borgo San Lorenzo and has been a renowned winemaker and consultant for decades, collaborating with wineries throughout Italy, Spain, and Switzerland since the early ‘90s. He’s the genius behind such cult hits as Le Macchiole and Tua Rita – two of my very favorite Italian “others” – as well as plenty of other Italian production heavy hitters, before launching his own renowned label with Elena by his side.

If you’ve never had an Italian syrah, this is one you absolutely must. It’s not the most populous variety planted in Italy, but syrah can do very well, especially in locales that bring out the best qualities in the grape like, you guessed it, DueMani’s hilltop, coastal, diurnal variation climate. Superbly dense, brilliantly silky, and graceful, this 2017 vintage sings of dark cherries, crushed raspberries, richly supple licorice, and a seriously romantic herbal blend of sage, lavender, and mint...with a slight undertone of savory dry-cured meats. Undergoing a royal treatment of fermentation in a combination of terracotta, cask, 600-liter barrels, and open-top barriques, it spent between 30 to 35 days on the skins with the lengthier macerations in the larger vessels. It aged in a mix of 22- and 300-liter barrels, creating a true masterpiece unlike any other syrah you’ve ever tasted – and one you’ll be elated to get in your glass straight away (with a few more in your cellar).

PAIRING IDEAS: Hear me out...bratwurst. Yes! The smoky German sausage is an excellent date for the fruit-forward, earthy, and deeply vibrant flavors in this elegant syrah. Grill ‘em up with some cabbage and potatoes, and don’t forget the spicy mustard.

About the Producer

In the vibrant world of winemaking, there's a dynamic duo at the helm of DueMani: Elena Celli and Luca D'Attoma. Back in 2000, their journey led them to Riparbella, where they unearthed the perfect canvas for their dreams: a rugged, untamed landscape kissed by the sea breeze and cloaked in Mediterranean allure. Perched atop a hill overlooking the coast, their vineyards thrive amidst sun-soaked days, gentle breezes, and a tapestry of clay and stone. It's a place where Cabernet Franc, Syrah, and Merlot dance harmoniously, nourished by biodynamic principles that honor the earth's vitality and spirit. With meticulous care and boundless passion, Elena and Luca tend to their 12 hectares of vines, weaving magic into each cluster. Their commitment to organic and biodynamic practices ensures wines brimming with character and vitality, a true reflection of their terroir. From the elegant Si to the bold SUISASSI, each bottle tells a story—a testament to DueMani's unwavering dedication to crafting wines of purity and authenticity. With certifications in hand and a twinkle in their eyes, Elena and Luca invite you to savor the fruits of their labor, one sip at a time. Cheers to DueMani, where every bottle is a celebration of nature's bounty and the joy of winemaking!