Villa Antinori Toscana “Super Tuscan”

Villa Antinori

Toscana “Super Tuscan”

(Tuscany, Italy)

On Bottle/Website:

* 60% sangiovese, 20% cabernet sauvignon, 15% merlot, and 5% syrah

* ‘Villa Antinori’ have been made under the Chianti Classico DOCG till 2001

My Notes:

Appearance: clear, bright, garnet, rim variation, high concentration, medium viscosity

Nose: clean, medium minus intensity, pepper, dark berries, leather, tobacco

Palate: dry, medium bodied, young, licorice, smoky, leather, low acidity, low alcohol, low tannins

There is no law that regulates what grapes are used in a Super Tuscan.  In my mind, this can give the winemaker a bit more freedom in mixing different varietals to make something spectacular.  To my knowledge, the term “Super Tuscan” used to be used more infrequently to denote a high quality blended wine from the Tuscan region.  Now, it seems, that any blend of wine from the region slaps the label on as a marketing tactic.

After shopping for a baby gift for my cousin, the younger girls wanted to eat at The Olive Garden.  I am not a fan of chain restaurants in general, especially this one, but I can manage with the soup, salad and breadsticks.  I purchased a glass of this wine and was not impressed.  Maybe the ambiance skewed my perception, but I hardly thought this wine was worth the label “Super Tuscan” and I’m fairly certain the actual label does not even qualify it as such.

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10 thoughts on “Villa Antinori Toscana “Super Tuscan”

  1. Sorry to hear that it was disappointing. I have a bottle of this in my cupboard, but am not so enthusiastic about trying it. Oh, well. Can’t love them all.

  2. There’s a photo of me on our “Conrad” menu page, the first photo, showing me having a bottle of this (with seafood of all things, it was one bottle to last entre and main). It was ok, but it wasn’t the best wine. The thing I remember about it most, and probably why I didn’t fully enjoy it, was that it was the first bottle of wine I ever had in a restaurant in Dubai and the mark-up was horrendous, probably about 5 to 10 times what it would cost to buy in a shop. We ended up drinking bottom rung wine at premium reserve prices the whole time we were there!

  3. I will be visiting Tuscany next week. I’ll be on the lookout on my travels to see if I could taste some of their wine. I’ll let you know what I find out.

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