Located in central Italy along the Tyrrhenian coast, Tuscany is home to some of the world’s most notable wine regions. Along with the Piedmont, Tuscany is the country’s most important and high-yielding wine area. Perhaps the most famous, Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (all made with the Sangiovese grape), and Vin Santo (a dessert wine), have been named the "Super Tuscans." They represent a large group of some of Italy’s best red wines born in the early 1970s.
Tuscany is divided into twenty-nine Denominazione di Origin Controllata (DOC) and seven Denominazioni di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG). The regulations imposed by these groups were what brought about the “super Tuscans.” Producers felt restricted and made wines outside DOC/DOCG regulations that were considered to be of high quality—and demanded a high price as a result.
Some producers sought to keep away from using some legally “suggested” grape varieties, like the Italian white grapes which were considered an integral aspect of Chianti. Other winemakers began blending Cabernet and Merlot with indigenous grape varieties, which, at the time in the early 70s, wereforbidden.
While the Tuscany region produces a wide range of excellent wines for wine lovers, some of the more famous Tuscan wines, like Chianti and Brunello, are experiencing a marked decrease in bottles sold. There are many reasons for this; among them: a steep rise in prices recently; the hot Tuscan real estate market pushing some of the more experienced winemakers out; and the influx of oenological consultants who are having a negative impact on the diversity of wines. Fortunately, most recently, this trend may be reversing.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 96 points: The flagship estate wine, 2010 Monteverro, is absolutely stunning. The blend is Cabernet Sauvignon (45%), Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Vineyards are located on a soft incline at the foot of Capalbio facing the...
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 92 points: The 2010 Terra di Monteverro shows lovely softness and a compact, clean quality of fruit. The blend is 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Cabernet Franc with equal parts Merlot and Petit Verdot all aged 20 months in oak. The...
Wine Spectator, 94 points: An intense red, with drive to the cherry, currant and spice flavors. Concentrated and dense, featuring a savory, spice-filled finish, remaining fresh, complex and very long in the aftertaste. Improves noticeably with...
Antonio Galloni's Vinous, 94 points: 94+ Poggio Scalette's 2010 Capogatto is compelling. Mocha, plums, smoke, licorice and incense all literally explode from the glass in a super-ripe, intense wine loaded with character and pure personality. The 2010 is...
Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages, 90 points: (17/20) Opulent nose - creamy, sweet spices, then dark fruit and a herbal bitterness. Tight, pert, crunchy - but showing some interesting developed aromas too. (RH)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 96 points: The 2010 Bolgheri Camarcanda is an exceptional wine with a level of aromatic intensity and integrity that is impossible to exaggerate. The blend is Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, in that order of...
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