Super Tuscan without Sangiovese

Super Tuscan w/o Sangiovese

Coming Soon. A tasting of cult status, Super Tuscans made with zero Sangiovese.

Many of these wines are no longer available. Average cost $60 per bottle.

As usual tasting will be held at my house. Limited to 16 people.

Time: 2PM, Date: Saturday, Oct. 27th, 2018. Tasting Fee Reduced, Now $60 To be paid by Oct. 13th..

Valerie, will be treating us to some Tuscan specialities.

So far 12 Super Tuscans, including 3 mini verticals.

You may want to sign up for this one early. email me at

Bonus - A few door prizes thrown in.

If you reserve a seat, and you cancel within two weeks of the tasting, you will still be responsible for the cost. Unless we have people on the wait list, who can take your place.

What is a "Super Tuscan"?

  Today, most super Tuscans use the legal appellation of IGT (Indicazione Geografica Tipica), which gives producers more flexibility than Chianti and other Tuscan DOCs and more prestige than vino da tavola. The wines tend to be modern, big and rich—and often carry a price tag of $100 to $500 or more a bottle. Some super Tuscans do contain Sangiovese, either 100 percent or in blends. But others are made solely from Merlot (such as the famous Tenuta dell’Ornellaia Toscana Masseto), from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah (Riccardo Baracchi Toscana Ardito), or from even more unusual blends, like an amalgamation of Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot.

A few samples below. Possibly more to come.

#1. 2008 Tenute Folonari Campo al Mare Bolgheri - Bordeaux Blend - ws-91

#2, #3. 2001 & 2008 Il Pareto, Nozzole - 100% Cabernet Sauvignon - (2001)ws-90, wa-92 (2008) wa-91, js-93

#4, #5, #6 2010, 2012 & 2013 Guado al Tasso il Bruciato, by Marchesi Antinori - 65% Cab. Sauv., 20% Merlot, 15% Syrah - ws-91, js-91

#7. 2014 Sette Ponte Oreno - 50% Merlot, 40% Cab. Sauv., 10% Petit Verdot - js-94, wa-91, ws-90

#8, #9. 2012 & 2013 Tenuta di Arceno Il Fauno di Arceno - 55% Merlot, 22% Cab. Franc, 20% Cab, Sauv., 3% Petit Verdot - (2012) ws-93, js-92 (2013) wa-94 (Purchased by Jackson family in 1994)

#10. 2008 Millepassi Olimpa - Cab. Sauv., Merlot, Petit Verdot - js-92

#11. 2011 Brancaia Ilatraia Maremma - 40% Cab. Sauv., 40% Petit Verdot, 20% Cab. Franc - js-94

#12. 2011 Conti d San Bonifacio - Docet 50% Cab.Sauv., 50% Cab. Franc