Full Review

Paretaio

Paretaio
2011 Toscana IGT

Pair this wine with:
Beef Game Vegetables

Category: Tuscany Super Tuscan

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 14% RS: .13%
89 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$19.99
Cellar Selection

Paretaio
2011 Toscana IGT

Pair this wine with:
Beef Game Vegetables

Category: Tuscany Super Tuscan

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 14% RS: .13%
Opaque violet color. Earthy aromas and flavors of minerals, nuts, berries, and green pepper with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, interesting, medium-long finish with elements of herbed berries and tomatoes and cedar mulch and bark with woody, firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A firm, dry, oak accented Sangiovese led blend that will improve with time.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth, Oaky & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: minerals, nuts, berries, and green pepper
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with elements of herbed berries and tomatoes and cedar mulch and bark
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years Enjoy on its own
Recipes Pairing: Well-Marbled Steak, Elk Chops, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A firm, dry, oak accented Sangiovese led blend that will improve with time.

The Producer

Falchini

The Producer
Via di Casale, 40
San Gimignano, SI 53037
Italy
39 -0577941305

Tuscany Super Tuscan

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Serve in a Zinfandel Wine Glass
Super Tuscan is a term used to describe a costly red wines from Tuscany that usually contains international varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc or Syrah. These wines are almost always red wines that do not conform to specific Tuscan wine laws; a 100% Merlot from Tuscany would be a Super Tuscan, for example. The current designation for these wines in Italy is IGT, meaning Indicazione Geografica Tipica.

The term was coined in the 1970s, as some of these wines were starting to emerge from Tuscany. The word super refers both to the quality - generally, this is the most expensive red wine a Tuscan producer will make - as well as the price, which is often very high, due to limited quality and believed quality.

Basically a Super Tuscan is a bit of an experiment; some of these trials work, as with Solaia from Antinori (primarily Cabernet Sauvignon with some Sangiovese), while others have not stood the test of time.