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Podere Montale

Podere Montale
2016 Super Red Blend, Rosso Toscano IGT

Pair this wine with:
Beef Pork Vegetables

Category: Tuscany Super Tuscan

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 14% RS: <1%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended

Podere Montale
2016 Super Red Blend, Rosso Toscano IGT

Pair this wine with:
Beef Pork Vegetables

Category: Tuscany Super Tuscan

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 14% RS: <1%
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of cocoa, honeyed soda bread, and brandied cherries with a supple, crisp, dryish medium body and a sleek, snappy finish that shows suggestions of red berries, cedar, cream, and earth with soft tannins and light oak flavor. A balanced and restrained Tuscan red that will pair nicely.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively, Savory & Old World
Aroma Aroma: cocoa, honeyed soda bread, and brandied cherries
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with suggestions of red berries, cedar, cream, and earth
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Beef Empanadas, Spit Roasted Pig, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A balanced and restrained Tuscan red that will pair nicely.

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.