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Montalcino Offer Part 2 – The Super Tuscans

The term Super Tuscan was coined around the early 1970s as a way to describe the ground breaking wines like Sassicaia and Tignanello which used Bordeaux grapes in the blend rather than those indigenous to the area. Because of their use of international varietals the wines no longer adhered to the regulations of the DOCG governing body of the region so the wines were declassified to Vino de Tavola (table wines), the lowest form of wine classification in Italy. Now these sensational wines from Tuscany that were causing a storm in the wine world could hardly be referred to as ‘Table Wine’ so they became known as Super Tuscans.

As there is no actual classification for wines to be called Super Tuscans you can’t really pin-point exactly what one is, however mine (and many others’) interpretation is a wine from a prestigious estate in Tuscany that uses some or all French grape varieties in their blend. Wines from lesser known estates that practice this method I like to refer to as a ‘baby’ Super Tuscan. You can find out more about the story of Super Tuscans on my post from March last year. Now here are the wines –

2019 Castello di Romitorio, Romitoro @ £108 per  case (6) Inc. VAT

A superb wine from one of the region’s top estates, Castello di Romitorio. The Romitoro is delicious blend of Petit Verdot and Syrah that come together beautifully in the warm Tuscan climate. There’s tons of fruit here including morello cherry and plum with a little dark chocolate and toffee on the finish. It has had ratings of 93 points by both James Suckling and RobertParker.com but I prefer the more grounded thoughts of Vinous.com –

“The 2019 Romitoro (Petit Verdot, Syrah) is purple-tinged, perfumed and offers a display of musky wild berries that keeps you at the edge of the glass. It’s silky on the palate and quite elegant, as a mix of red and black fruits flesh out, leaving a staining of minerality under an air of violet florals. Remnants of blackberry, currants and a fine coating of tannin linger, presenting a classically dry and truly enjoyable finale. A year or two of cellaring may bring about further depths, yet this is already so easy to like.” 91 points, Eric Guido

I am very excited about receiving this wine and I think any lover of Tuscan red will be as delighted as I am to pull a cork on this later in the year.

2019 Costa Colonne, Mastrojanni @ £99 per case (6) Inc. VAT

Now here’s something of a coup. I have been allocated 10 cases of the brand new red from Mastrojanni, the superb Brunello Estate established in 1975 by lawyer Gabriele Mastrojanni and widely recognised to be one of the finest estates in the appellation. Costa Colonne is a blend of 60% Sangiovese, 20% Cielegiolo and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and sees ageing in a mixture of large oak casks and concrete tanks. This minimum use of oak allows the juicy aromas of the fruit to show through with delicious ripe plum and cherry, touches of spice and tobacco too. Fresh and smooth on the palate with lovely primary fruit keeping check of the energising acidity.

A brilliant first effort from this legendary winery and a perfect, if extravagant, Friday night pizza or pasta red.

2019 Passo dei Caprioli, Poggio il Castellare @ £75 per case (6) Inc. VAT

When I first tasted this last year with a bunch of other wines from the estate I thought it was decent for £17 a bottle. I then realised I was looking at the wrong price and swiftly reserved what I could from the winery. They only had 20 cases bottling and I am delighted to say it arrived late December so is available right now. This is from Poggio il Castellare, the estate that produces the great value Brunello on the previous offer and this is a cracking wine for the price. It needs an hour or so airing to really show its best at the moment which tells me its going to hit its peak in about 3-6 months. It’s a blend of 70% Sangiovese Grosso and 30% Merlot and sees no oak so its has lovely fresh and fruity vibrancy about it. It has a pretty, perfumed aroma to it of strawberry and wild flowers. These gentle flavours continue to the palate which has a soothing freshness but the finish has a little bit of grip to it. Another wine of excellent value from this rising star of Montalcino.

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