Featured Wine: A Super Tuscan

If you haven’t noticed, this month’s wines really cater to Italians. Dad and I love Italian wines.  It could also be because it’s where our love for wine began.  Here we are tasting this one together.

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So, this Guiliano Rosati Rosso di Toscana 2017 is one of our picks for the month. It is also known as a Super Tuscan.  It is a dry acidic red. It isn’t too smooth or too tannin. It also isn’t too bold. This wine is a great wine to give out as a Christmas gift, because it is going to be liked by most poeple. It is the type of wine that satisfies all types of wine drinkers. (Those are hard to come by.)

When you first sip the wine, you will notice the dryness instantly. Take another sip and you will notice the minerally aftertaste.  It won’t stay there for long. It dwindles away. When you take that third sip, try to focus on the flavor. I noticed a black cherry hint to it. I also noticed a slight amount of chocolate.

Now you are probably wondering, “What is a Super Tuscan?”.  These wines are the “Unofficial Stars of Italian Wine.” Super Tuscans started back in the early 1970’s. Tuscan winemakers were frustrated with the bureaucracy of the wine laws.  The Tuscan winemakers started using non-indigenous grapes like Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. The wine makers would mix these “unsanctioned” wine varieties with their native Sangiovese.

The very first Super Tuscan was created in 1971 by Antinori and it was called Tignanello. It was a blend, 80% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. What a history! 

So, now that you have a better understanding of Super Tuscans, would you like to try this Rosso di Toscana 2017 Red Tuscan Wine?