Full Review

Svetoni

Svetoni
2016 Leo, Toscana IGT

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Tuscany Super Tuscan

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$30
Cellar Selection

Svetoni
2016 Leo, Toscana IGT

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Tuscany Super Tuscan

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
Indigo color. Aromas of dark chocolate, rose hip, espresso, dried cherries, and cinnamon pastry with an vibrant, dry medium-full body and an effortless, interesting, medium-to-long chocolate-cherry layer bar and olives finish with firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A dry, food-friendly Tuscan red for the table; ageable.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Old World, Rich & Full & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: dark chocolate, rose hip, espresso, dried cherries, and cinnamon pastry
Taste Flavor: chocolate-cherry layer bar and olives
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: In 3-6 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Pot Roast, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A dry, food-friendly Tuscan red for the table; ageable.

The Importer

Votto Vines Importing, Inc.

The Importer
1004 Sherman Avenue
Hamden, CT 06514
USA
1 203-910-8210

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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.