Cards of Wine

Super Tuscan (Italy)

Super Tuscan wines are typical "Bordeaux style" blends of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Syrah.

Typical Flavors

Super Tuscan tastes like a classic Bordeaux blend:


Black Currant
Black
Currant
Blackberry
Blackberry
Cherry
Black
Cherry
Plum
Plum

Violets
Violets
Pepper
Pepper
Licorice
Licorice
Wet Stone
Wet Stone

Oak Added Flavors:

Oak
Oak
Vanilla
Vanilla
Toast
Toast
Coffee
Coffee

Black Currant, Dark Berries and Plum are typical Super Tuscan flavors.

Dark Floral hints (Violets) and Wet Soil (Graphite).

Profile

Super Tuscan has a classic "Bordeaux blend" profile:

BODYFull
TANNINSMedium - High
FRUITMedium
ACIDITYMedium
Serving temperature:
15-16°C (59-61°F)
Riserva 17-18°C (63-64°F)

Food Pairing


Mushroom
Mushroom
Hamburger
Hamburger
Ham
Ham
Soup
Casseroles

Pork
Pork
Lamb
Lamb
Veal
Veal
Beef
Beef

Rich Flavors and Tannins make Super Tuscan a perfect partner to Flavory Dishes.

It also loves Roasted Lamb and BBQ.

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent Pairing:
BBQ. Grilled. Roasts.
Roasted Potatoes and Onions.
Grilled Mushrooms (Portobello).
Grilled Veggetables.
BBQ. Chicken. Pork. Rabbit. Game.
Caramel Chicken.
Roasted Lamb. Lamb Chops. Lamb Shank.
Hamburger. Cheese Burger. Bacon Burger.
Red Meat Dishes. Spareribs. Veal Chops.
Pepper Beef. T-Bone. Kobe. Entrecôte.
Filet Mignon. Filetto (Italy). Solomillo (Spain).

Cheese:
Hard Cow Milk Cheese. French Comté. Cheddar.

If You Like Super Tuscan

You Might Also Like:

Barolo (Italy)
Cabernet Sauvignon (France)
Languedoc (France)
Lebanese Red (Lebanon)
Malbec (Argentina)
Nero d'Avola (Italy)
Petite Sirah (USA)
Pinotage (South Africa)
Rioja Reserva (Spain)
Shiraz (Australia)
Super Tuscan (Italy)
Syrah (France)
Touriga Nacional (Portugal)

The Ideal Glass

The Bordeaux glass is perfect for medium to full bodied red wines.

It is taller than other red wine glasses, and has a slimmer bowl.

The large size of the glass allows the fruit bouquet to develop. It smooths out rough edges, plays down tannins, and allows the wines to achieve balance.

The slimmer bowl sends the wine directly to the back of the mouth for maximum taste.

Super Tuscan

In the 1970s, Tuscan wine producers "invented" the name Super Tuscan for high quality wines using non regional grapes, because the Toscana climate proved to be good for this.

Most of these local blends use an IGT appellation (Indicazione Geografica Tipica).

Some Super Tuscans are based on "Bordeaux Blends" grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot.

Some are based on Merlot, some contain Sangiovese, and some contain Syrah.

One famous wine, Guidalberto from Tenuta San Guido, is composed of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, and 10% Sangiovese. Another, Le Difese, is composed of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Sangiovese.

Super Tuscan DOC(G)

These are the Super Tuscans with a DOC(G) status today:

Toscana (Tuscany)

Toscana is famous for the city of Firenze, and red wines made from Sangiovese.

Toscana

Toscana is most famous for the majestetic city of Firenze.

On the wine side, the region is best known for the Sangiovese based red wines:

  • Chianti Classico
  • Brunello di Montalcino
  • Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.

A copy of the Bordeaux Blend, named Super Tuscan, is also popular all over the world.

Vermentino is the best known white wine from the coastline, and Vernaccia is an internationally recognised white wine from the medieval town of San Gimignano.

On the sweet side, Vin Santo ("Holy Wine") is the national drink in Tuscany.

Toscana has 11 DOCGs:

Sangiovese:

Chianti DOCG (70% Sangiovese)
Chianti Classico DOCG (80% Sangiovese)
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG (100% Sangiovese)
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG (70% Sangiovese)
Montecucco Sangiovese DOCG (90% Sangiovese)
Morellino di Scansano DOCG (85% Sangiovese)

Super Tuscan:

Carmignano DOCG (Sangiovese, Cab Sauvignon/Franc, Merlot)
Suvereto Rosso DOCG (Cab Sauvignon, Merlot)
Val di Cornia Rosso DOCG (Sangiovese, Cab Sauvignon, Merlot)

White:

Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG (85% Vernatcha)

Passito:

Elba Aleatico Passito DOCG (100% Aleatico)