Toscana “Super Tuscan”
* 60% sangiovese, 20% cabernet sauvignon, 15% merlot, and 5% syrah
* ‘Villa Antinori’ have been made under the Chianti Classico DOCG till 2001
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.