Full Review

Passaia

Passaia
2016 Toscana Rosso IGT

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Tuscany Super Tuscan

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 14% RS: <1%
91 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$15.99
Best Buy

Passaia
2016 Toscana Rosso IGT

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Tuscany Super Tuscan

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 14% RS: <1%
Ruby black color. Mature aromas and flavors of bright berry melange, patent leather, cherry cola, and chocolate brownie with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a sleek, delightful, medium-long finish with well-integrated, chewy, earthy tannins and heavy oak flavor. A generous super-Tuscan that will be at home with any steak.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky, Rich & Full & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: bright berry melange, patent leather, cherry cola, and chocolate brownie
Taste Flavor: bright berry melange, patent leather, cherry cola, and chocolate brownie
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Grilled NY Strip Steak, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A generous super-Tuscan that will be at home with any steak.

The Producer

Cielo s.p.a

The Producer
I 36050 MONTORSO VIC. (VI)
Via IV Novembre, 39 Italy
39 -0444-485211 or 805-220-6035

Their Portfolio

86 Amatore 2016 Red , Rosso Verona IGT 13% (Italy) $9.99.
90 Amatore 2016 White, Bianco Verona IGT 12.5% (Italy) $9.99.
87 Amatore 2017 Bianco, Verona IGT 12.5% (Italy) $9.99.
84 Cielo 2016 Pinot Grigio, Delle Venezie IGP 12% (Italy) $8.99.
89 Cielo NV Brut, Prosecco DOC 11% (Italy) $14.99.
93 Cielo 2015 Appassionatamente Red Wine, Veneto IGP 14% (Italy) $15.99.
97 Cielo 2013 Cent’anni, Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG 15% (Italy) $32.99.
88 Cielo 2016 Rosé, Veneto IGT 11.5% (Italy) $8.99.
90 Cielo 2015 Pinot Noir, Delle Venezie IGT 12% (Italy) $8.99.
93 Cielo 2014 Cent’anni Red, Ripasso della Valpolicella DOC 13.5% (Italy) $16.99.
84 Cielo NV Prosecco DOC 10.5% (Italy) $10.99.
92 Cielo 2016 Pinot Grigio, Delle Venezie IGP 12% (Italy) $8.99.
89 Cielo 2016 Pinot Noir, Delle Venezie IGT 12% (Italy) $8.99.
91 Cielo 2016 Appassionatamente Red, Veneto IGT 14% (Italy) $17.99.
86 Cielo 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Tre Venezie IGT 12% (Italy) $8.99.
89 Cielo 2017 Pinot Grigio, Delle Venezie DOC 12% (Italy) $8.99.
90 Cielo 2014 Cent’anni, Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG 15% (Italy) $34.99.
92 Cielo 2015 Cent’anni, Ripasso della Valpolicella DOC 13.5% (Italy) $18.99.
88 Cielo NV Brut, Prosecco DOC 11% (Italy) $12.99.
93 Cielo 2017 Pinot Noir, Tre Venezie 12% (Italy) $9.99.
86 Cielo 2018 Pinot Grigio, Delle Venezie DOC 12% (Italy) $9.99.
90 Cielo NV Prosecco DOC 11% (Italy) $14.99.
92 Cielo 2015 Centenero, Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG 15% (Italy) $35.99.
89 Cielo 2017 1908 Appassionatamente Red Blend, Veneto IGT 14% (Italy) $17.99.
88 Cielo’s 2014 Casa Defra, Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG 15% (Italy) $34.99.
88 Freschello NV Extra Dry Spumante Rosé, Italy 9.5% (Italy) $8.99.
89 Freschello NV Extra Dry Spumante, Italy 9.5% (Italy) $9.99.
88 Gran Maestro 2016 Red, Puglia IGT 14.5% (Italy) $16.99.
91 Passaia 2016 Toscana Rosso IGT 14% (Italy) $15.99.
89 Pradio 2016 Priara, Pinot Grigio, Friuli Venezia Giulia 13% (Italy) $15.99.

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.