Full Review

Paretaio

Paretaio
2013 Toscana IGT

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork Vegetables

Category: Tuscany Super Tuscan

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: .09%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$24.99

Paretaio
2013 Toscana IGT

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork Vegetables

Category: Tuscany Super Tuscan

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: .09%
Dark dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of spiced cherry chutney, pomegranate, diced jalapeño, wild sour cherry pastry, and wintergreen with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, breezy finish evoking nuances of fertile earth, suede, and dried rose with firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A spicy Super Tuscan with an herbal streak.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky, Rich & Full & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: spiced cherry chutney, pomegranate, diced jalapeño, wild sour cherry pastry, and wintergreen
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with nuances of fertile earth, suede, and dried rose
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Spaghetti Carbonara, Grilled Ribeye With Maitre D' Butter, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A spicy Super Tuscan with an herbal streak.

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.