Next up is Lot 374 2007 Maremma Toscana
“Super Tuscan” (basically, any red wine that doesn’t conform to the Tuscan region's DOCG blending requirements). The Super Tuscan revolution began with the likes of Tignanello and Sassicaia, when Cabernet Sauvignon was blended with Sangiovese to explosive results. Since then, the Tuscan climate has beckoned continual exploration with the Bordeaux varietals, and one of the fruits of this exploration stands before you today. Lot 374 is a blend of 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Sangiovese and is the top wine
of this producer. If you are philosophically opposed to Merlot, it is vitally important that you buy a bottle of this wine – the full-throttle style will blow your mind. If you love the big, rich style of Napa Cabernet this wine is right up your alley…in fact, I would not hesitate to put this wine up against any of the Napa big boys.
The only score I have been able to find for this wine is the 2006 vintage, scoring 93 points from the Wine Enthusiast with a retail price tag of $95/bottle…the bottling one level down scored 92 points for the 2007 vintage, but since we purchased the entire production (500 cases) of the Icon-level bottling, no one has submitted it for review. I guess you’ll just have to trust me on this one.
Gorgeous, sensuous nose of clove, blueberry, and blackberry lifted with high-toned graphite, mineral, and olive aromas. The wine explodes across your palate with waves of blackberry pie, sweet oak, and hints of mint and mocha that never seem to end. The solid core of fruit is well supported by silky tannins in this lush, hedonistic yet balanced and harmonious effort. An incredible offering at $39. Drink now and over the next decade.