A Super Super-Tuscan

14 Aug

In Italy in the 1970s, rebel Tuscan producers decided to use non-Italian grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah (Bordeaux varietals) in their wines. They were forced to carry the label vino da tavola, or “table wine,” normally meant for inexpensive, low-quality wines. These big, rich wines were nicknamed super Tuscans, and it stuck.

I recently discovered an excellent and inexpensive Super Tuscan called Crognolo. About $35, rated at 91 by Wine Spectator, the typical flavors expected of a Bordeaux come through – currant and berry, with a beautiful balance between the fruits and soft tannins. It would be interesting to compare this wine with a Bordeaux: presumably the warmer climes of Tuscany produce a richer, fuller bodied wine.

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One Response to “A Super Super-Tuscan”

  1. Jule January 22, 2012 at 6:28 am #

    I have had some wonderful “red table wines” in the past. As a young wine drinker, it was a pretty safe choice.

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