Spotlight on Super Tuscans!


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Rebels with a Cause

The history of Super Tuscan wines is one of rebellion and conviction to quality. Tuscany is the region of Chianti and as such, the legal DOC specifications tend to encompass the native Italian varietals historically grown in and around Tuscany. However, in the 1970s the winemakers in Chianti (the most well known winemaking area in Tuscany) started to take too many liberties with the blending wines allowed by law, resulting in watered down, thin, and insipid wines which shamed the great legacy of the region. So, as a response to this downhill trend in winemaking, some winemakers started to rebel. Making wines out of grapes grown around Tuscany but not necessarily in the realm of the legally accepted framework, these winemakers created wines of power and elegance that attracted the attention of people around the world. Often made with grapes traditionally grown in Bordeaux and aged in French oak barrels, these wines can stand the test of time and evolve for decades. As a true testament to the quality of the wines being produced, some of them (Bolgheri and Sassicaia) have been bestowed DOC status of their own. The rest are labelled as IGT. So treat yourself! Try some of the fantastic Super Tuscans we have at Georgetown!

 

Gaja Ca’Marcanda “Promis” 2014 – $51.77

Appellation: Toscana IGT

Grapes: 55% Merlot, 35% Syrah, 10% Sangiovese

Soil: Loam- and clay-rich terre brune, brown soils.

Tasting notes: A delightful wine that combines elegance and suppleness of Merlot and Syrah with the austerity of Sangiovese. Balanced and approachable in its youth with considerable aging potential (5-8 years).

 

Tenuta di Biserno, Il Pino di Biserno, 2013 – $64.99

Grapes:  Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot

Appellation: Toscana IGT

Tasting Notes: Notes of red berries, mocha and liquorice. Plenty of fruit combined with fine grained tannins and well integrated oak the wine offers both good intensity and finesse. It is an elegant and harmonious wine already at release at the end of 2015 and will develop in complexity with time.

 

Tenuta Setti Ponti, Oreno Toscana, 2014 – $84.99

Grapes: Merlot 50%, Cabernet Sauvignon 40%, Petit Verdot 10%

Appellation: Tuscany IGT

Tasting Notes: The wine is ruby red with violet reflections and spicy aromas of blackberry. On the palate, ripe berries lead to spices and sweet oak on a full body with firm tannic structure.

 

Antinori, Guado al Tasso, 2010 – $109.99

Appellation: Bolgheri DOC Superiore

Grapes: 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc

Tasting Notes: The nose shows excellent aromatic finesse and freshness with notes which recall rosemary, mint, red fruit and, lightly, liquorice. Very balanced on the palate, savory and long, the wine is potent and subtle at the same time, elegant and of great drinking pleasure.

 

Antinori, Tignanello, 2011 – $109.99

Appellation: Toscana IGT

Grapes: 80% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5 % Cabernet Franc

Tasting Notes: The 2011 Tignanello is an intense ruby red in color with purple highlights.
The wine is ripe on the nose with notes of dark fruit and with much underlying freshness on the aromatic finish; plum fruit dominates the aromatic gamut along with cherries, and the aromas evolve with vigor and balance towards sensations of mint and liquorice. On the palate, though still young, the wine is ready and inviting, rich and harmonious; excellent the balance of the flavors thanks to the tonic acidity and the solidity and suppleness of the tannins. The finish and aftertaste are rich and savory and are characterized by a sweet persistence and length.

 

Tenuta San Guido, Sassicaia, 2007 – $239.99

Appellation: D.O.C. Bolgheri Sassicaia

Grapes: 85 % Cabernet Sauvignon 15 % Cabernet Franc

Tasting Notes: This iconic Italian wine from Bolgheri’s landmark Sassicaia vineyard (characterized by little rocks, or “sassi”) offers an elegant bouquet comprised in equal measure by mineral, fruit and spice nuances. The wine consists of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc and the finish is long, smooth and very fine. This is an ageworthy wine that should not be opened before 2018.

 

Tenuta San Guido, Sassicaia, 2009 – $239.99

Appellation: D.O.C. Bolgheri Sassicaia

Grapes: 85 % Cabernet Sauvignon 15 % Cabernet Franc

Tasting Notes:From Cabernet Sauvignon grapes with small amounts of Cabernet Franc. It has an intense and bright ruby color, with good concentration. The bouquet is already complex, fruity notes of blueberry are obvious, as are leather and spice, with hints of graphite in the background. The palate is taut, elegant, with fine tannins, barely perceptible, comparable to those of the great Pauillac wines, but with a greater smoothness and an envelopment that leads to a subtle finish which is also very long. I guess that it will reach perfection in only a few more years in the bottle, from five to thirty.

 

Tenuta San Guido, Sassicaia, 2013 – $239.99

Appellation: D.O.C. Bolgheri Sassicaia

Grapes: 85 % Cabernet Sauvignon 15 % Cabernet Franc

Tasting Notes:Fabulous structure for a Sassicaia with powerful, polished, chewy tannins and ripe, subtle fruit. Aromas of blueberries, blackcurrants, rosemary and lavender. Full body, bright acidity and a savory finish. Juicy and lively. Better to drink this beginning in 2020 but so impressive now

 


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