This “Super Tuscan” red is a blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot from the Maremma coastal region in Italy. The Italian government recognizes four broad protected designations of origin for wine, though only three are widely used:
- Indicazione geografica tipica (IGT) – typical geographic indication
- Denominazioni di origine controllata
- Denominazioni di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) – controlled designation of origin guaranteed
The IGT classification (to which this wine belongs) was created in 1992 to recognize the high quality of “Super Tuscan” wines which do not meet the requirements of DOC or DOCG, which are generally intended to protect traditional wine formulations such as Chianti or Barolo.
This wine was made to be paired with Italian food, and since we were having a busy weekend we served at room temperature alongside an authentic New York style pizza from 360 Pizza here in Austin.
The appearance was dark ruby with an aroma of plum. The taste was firm and very full-bodied with an easy evolution of cherries and raspberries. The finish was nearly nonexistent. I felt a little guilty about the pizza pairing, but it turned out alright. If I had it to do over, I might serve with a New York strip instead.
Despite the short finish, I liked this wine’s accessibility and full flavor. I give it 3.5/5 stars and would definitely drink it again.