27 Jul Super Tuscan Bargains
Super Tuscan Bargains
Super Tuscans began in the 1970’s with one of the pioneers, Sassicaia planting non-Italian varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon ad Merlot in the land where Sangiovese ruled. They are among some of the most illustrious wines in the world now. While many are priced to compete with California Cabernets and Bordeaux, there are plenty that are real bargains.
2010 Castellani “Guadalmare” I.G.T., Tuscany, Italy
On Sale $9.99
Ruby red in color. 50% Sangiovese, 30% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. We love this little “Super-Tuscan” gem and it’s aged to perfection! For $10 you get a wine that is hand harvested, uses native yeasts for fermentation and hails from Maremma the premier zone in Tuscany to grow Cab and Merlot (both Sassicaia and Ornellaia come from here and retail well over $100). Sappy cherry notes followed by wonderful earthy, foresty aromas. The addition of Cab and Merlot give the wine silky but firm tannins on the finish.
Jason Main, The Wine Merchant, LTD.
2014 Casata Parini “Miraggio” I.G.T, Abruzzo, Italy
On Sale $7.99
Garnet color with a tawny hue at the edge. This wine is old-school Italy and we love it! Spicy, and loads of tart plum and dried red berries. The price on this one is an awesome deal and will enhance any meal. I’d even decant this for 30 minutes or so before serving too. And did I mention the price?!
Jason Main,The Wine Merchant, LTD.
2015 Brunelli “Poggio Apricale” Toscana I.G.T.
On Sale $14.99
Produced from a selection of Sangiovese grapes from Brunello vines and a small quantity of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, this wine is characterized by its intense color tending to a purplish hue. Its fragrance is fruity and persistent with scents of wild berries and slight traces of spice. Soft, balanced and appropriately tannic, the Sant’Antimo Rosso ideally accompanies the entire meal.
2014 Tenute del Cerro “Manero,” Rosso di Toscana I.G.T.
On Sale $12.99
A light and simple red with dried cherry, plum and other berry aromas and flavors. Medium body, fine tannins and a fresh finish. Drink now.
2012 Il Fauno di Arcanum, Toscana I.G.T.
On Sale $22.99
A polished, flavorful red, boasting floral, black currant, raspberry and spice flavors. Firm yet harmonious, with the fine aftertaste lingering with fruit, iron, tobacco and tea elements. Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot.
93 Points, Wine Spectator