Super Tuscans

In this post we are featuring a little more information on that incredible Italian blend of Tuscany, Rosso Toscana commonly referred to as a Super Tuscan.  

Super Tuscan wines came about during the 1970’s, when some wine producers in Tuscany felt that the laws restricting what they were allowed to put in their wines were too strict.  These restrictions included the use of non-indigenous grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah.  The other major restriction was geographical, wines produced outside of the known regions such as Chianti and Montalcino were not recognized.  

During the 1990’s the legal term IGT (Indicazione Geographica Tipica) was created to allow producers more latitude in the wines they wanted to create, all while being recognized by the strict Italian wine laws. These Super Tuscan wines tend to be big, bold modern wines with great aging potential.  

Super Tuscan wines range from being 100% Sangiovese, such as Mocali’s Rosso Toscano I Piaggioni, to blends of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, like Campomaggio’s Toscana IGT.  There are other producers that create wines of 100% Merlot and blends of all of these different grapes together.  

If you are a fan of big, bold wines try a Super Tuscan today, they pair well with roasted meats, game, sharp cheese and hearty stews.  Perfect for the coming fall and winter months.  

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