Super Tuscan without Sangiovese

Super Tuscan w/o Sangiovese

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

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

Time, Date and to be announced. Tasting Fee $75

Valerie, will be treating us to some Tuscan specialities.

So far 11 Super Tuscans, including 3 mini verticals.

You may want to sign up for this one early.

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. 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. 2010 Sette Ponte Crognolo - Cab. Sauv., Merlot - js-92, ws-90, ag-93

#5, #6, #7. 2010, 2012 & 2013 Guado al Tasso il Bruciato, by Marchesi Antinori - 65% Cab. Sauv., 20% Merlot, 15% Syrah - ws-91, js-91

#8. 2014 Sette Ponte Oreno - 50% Merlot, 40% Cab. Sauv., 10% Petit Verdot - js-94, wa-91, ws-90

#9, #10. 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)

#11. 2008 Millepassi Olimpa - Cab. Sauv., Merlot, Petit Verdot - js-92