Super Tuscan Blends

 
Synonyms: See the many different wine names below.

Wine Name: Various names including Flaccianello, Sassicaia, Guidalberto, Le Difese, Guado al Tasso, Messorio, Tignanello, Vigorello, Ornellaia, Solaia

Background: A collective term for many different blends from Tuscany that may not fit within the Italian DOCG rules governing the labels of wines. Often they fall into the IGT (Indicazione Geografica Tipica) when in fact by quality, they belong in the higher quality DOCG or DOC designation. Most of the time these wines are blends of Sangiovese or other Italian grapes with non-Italian grapes such as Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon and made using the tradtional French methods of using small oak barrells (barriques) rather than the larger used wood bottis that Italian rules call for.

The best producers seem to be using Sangiovese alone, Sangiovese plus Merlot, or traditional Bordeaux blends with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc.

Classic Brands and Sources: Fontodi, Tenuta San Guido, Villa Antinori, Le Macchiole, San Felice, Tenuta dell’Ornellaia,

Characteristics:

Style #1 – typical

Body – full

Acidity – medium (+)

Sweetness – dry

Tannins – medium (+) to high


Wine and food pairing guidelines:
Generally these wines pair with full-bodied slightly acidic to acidic dishes and foods

Foods and Entrees that usually pair:
Olives, tomato-based pasta, roasted meats and game, beef steaks, chicken in wine sauce, mushrooms, pancetta, prosciutto, pizza , smoked meat, cold cuts, salami

Cheese Pairings:
Asiago, Bel Paese, Fontina, Grana, Mozzarella, Parmesan, Pecorino, Provolone, Romano, Taleggio