Tuscany's art extends to its wine labels
Super Tuscans are powerful red wines from Tuscany in northern Italy, made in part from the local Sangiovese grape and to a lesser extent from the Cabernet Sauvignon and other Bordeaux grape varieties. Their history is unique. Starting decades ago, innovative winemakers rejected old-fashioned Italian wine laws that then stipulated, for example, that Chiantis must contain both red and white grapes. These winemakers made their own wine in their own way. While few Super Tuscans were formally designated as top wines by the Italian wine authorities, many received an enthusiastic reception on the Italian and world markets. Super Tuscans often cost much more than wines carrying a fancier official designation, and believe me, they can be worth it. Suggested food pairings include Roast Beef and Venison.
Super Tuscans tend to be quite expensive. Many of them run $100 or more. Three choices are Sassicaia, the original Super Tuscan wine starting at about $170, Tignanello starting at about $75, and Masseto starting at about $200. These wines are all fantastic and listing a few flavors in no way does them justice. Why don't you write and tell us about your favorite Super Tuscan wine.