Date: Sunday, Jan. 6th Time: 2pm Cost $85
As usual tasting will be held at
my house. Tasting will be limited to 14 persons.
As usual tasting will be held at my house. Tasting will be limited to 14 persons.
Defination of Super Tuscan Wine.
In the 1970s a new class of wines known in the trade as "Super Tuscans" emerged. These wines were made outside DOC/DOCG regulations but were considered of high quality and commanded high prices. Many of these wines became cult wines. In the reformation of the Italian classification system many of the original Super Tuscans now qualify as DOC or DOCG wines but some producers still prefer the declassified rankings or to use the Indicazione Geografica Tipica (IGT) classification of Toscana.
None of the wines were bad. Favorites were 2008 Tiganello, 2008 Oreno, 2001 Solaia and the 2000 Lamaione. The only real disappointment was the 2001 Ornellaia. (I paid over two hundred bucks for that wine "back in the day".) The best value wine was all four of the Tiganellos. As always Val did a fabulous job with the food. Plus Ed & Den brought her a birthday cake.
2001 Ornellia, WA-96, WS-95 Todays price $279 (65% Cab. Sauv., 30% Merlot, 5% Cab. Franc)
Wine Spectator "Incredible class, with ultra fine tannins, layers of currants and light toasted oak. Full bodied, yet all in harmony and beauty.
2001 Antinori's Solaia, WA-96, WS-93 Todays price $229 (80% Cab. Sauv., 20% Cab. Franc)
"...a classic example of central Tuscan Cabernet at its best..."- Wine Advocate
The debut wine for Sette Ponti from Bolgheri. Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Not imported into the U.S. Best after 2009. 1,000 cases made. WS
Wine Spectator - Structured and racy, showing blueberry and chocolate aromas and flavors, with loads of currant. Full and tannic, yet polished and caressing, with an impressive and persistent finish. A marked change from some past vintages, with only Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot in the blend. Interesting development. Best after 2014. –JS 96 points
Vertical Tasting - 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005 Antinori's Tignanello, '08 $85 WA-94, WS-92, WE-94, '07 $92 WA-95, WS-92 '06 $93 WA-92, WS-93, '05 $93 WA-92, WS-92 (Usally 80% Sangiovese, 15% Cab. Sauv., 5% Cab. Franc)
2008 It is a fabulous achievement! The 2008 Tignanello is 80% Sangiovese aged in 300-liter French oak barrels (1/3rd new), 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc, both aged in 100% new 225-liter French oak barriques. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024. " 94 Points The Wine Advocate
2007 Simply put, the 2007 is a magnificent Tignanello. The 2007 Tignanello is 80% Sangiovese aged in 300-liter French oak barrels (1/3 new), 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc, both aged in 100% new 225-liter French oak barriques. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2027." 95 Points The Wine Advocate
2006 "The 2006 Tignanello is especially opulent in this vintage. Masses of dark red fruit, scorched earth and sweet oak emerge as this richly-textured Tignanello flows from the glass. The wine possesses superb density; all it needs is another few years to come together. This is a remarkably vibrant and primary Tignanello. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024." 92 Points The Wine Advocate
2005 92 Points | Wine Spectator - 92 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
2005 Campo Al Mare, WS-93, released at $29 now ? (Cab. Sauv., Cab. Franc, Merlot)
2001 Perlato del Bosco, WA-92 Today unavailable in U.S., at any price.(Sangiovese, Cab, Sauv., Syrah)
2003 Brancaia, (50% Sangiovese, 45% Merlot, 5 % Cab.) WS-91 $95
2000 Marchesi De Frescobaldi, Castelgiocondo Lamaione, 100% Merlot, WA-92, Price 10 yrs. ago $63.