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Podere Montale

Podere Montale
2016 Peposo Red Blend, Sangiovese, Rosso Toscano IGT

Pair this wine with:
Beef Pasta Vegetables

Category: Tuscany Super Tuscan

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
Best Buy

Podere Montale
2016 Peposo Red Blend, Sangiovese, Rosso Toscano IGT

Pair this wine with:
Beef Pasta Vegetables

Category: Tuscany Super Tuscan

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of cocoa-dusted brazil nuts and mocha latte with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, long finish with accents of craisin, marinated roasted beets, dolmades, and cedar with fine, silky tannins and light oak flavor. A nicely composed Tuscan red with bright fruit and long, well-balanced finish.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Crisp & Lively, Old World & Savory
Aroma Aroma: cocoa-dusted brazil nuts and mocha latte
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with accents of craisin, marinated roasted beets, dolmades, and cedar
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Eggplant Parmesan, Spaghetti Bolognese, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A nicely composed Tuscan red with bright fruit and long, well-balanced finish.

The Producer

Podere Montale

The Producer
Seggiano,
Italy
39 -393480811210

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.