"The 2009 Syrah Suisassi is another huge, exotic wine bursting with rich dark fruit. Black cherries, plums, spices, new leather, licorice and tar build towards the explosive, striking finish. The 2009 needs another few years to integrate its oak, but it is already shaping up to be a magnificent wine. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024. 95/100
Redemption – that must be one of the principal themes running through Luca D’Attoma’s mind these days. One of Italy’s superstar consulting oenologists, D’Attoma helped launch many wineries that went on to become superstars. But his uncompromising ways and the strict demands on quality he placed on winery owners weren’t to everyone’s liking, so over the years D’Attoma’s client list dwindled. In the meantime, D’Attoma and his partner Elena Celli launched their own winery and started making notable wines of their own. Now after several years, many of the original clients are back and D’Attoma is at the top of his game. At Duemani, the vineyards are certified biodynamic and winemaking is stripped down to the bare essentials, with cement taking on an increasing role as a fermentation and aging vessel. This year D’Attoma and Celli have a new wine, CiFRA (100% Cabernet Franc) that is off the charts." Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate #201
Luca d'Attoma is a highly respected Tuscan wine consultant, employers have included Azienda Agricola Le Macchiole in Bolgheri and Tua Rita, who, along with wife Elena Celli, eventually realised a dream to produce his own wine. Luca and Elena are the Duemani 'two hands' that run the estate. They first identified a wonderful site in the north Bolgheri hills in the mid nineties. The purchase 7 ha of land and set about preparing the soils for Biodynamic viticulture. This took seven years. The first vines were planted in 2001 and already, by the 2008 vintage, they have started to make some outstanding wines. The structure of the soil here is remarkable for its predominance of clay and stone – the resulting low soil fertility leading to greater character and complexity in the vines fruit. After an examination of the property and its unique position in the contour of a west-facing amphitheatre there emerged the sites of three distinct vineyards. The vineyard at the highest altitude and with the richest soil is the site of their Cabernet Franc vines. Another lower vineyard continues with the same varietal and then evolves into rows of Merlot vines. The third and smallest vineyard, notably stony and arid, is the 'heart' of the estate and is planted to 7000 vines of alberello-trained Syrah. From the very beginning Duemani have followed the principles of biodynamic farming and since the 2004 harvest their estate's production.