The Super Tuscan movement of the 1970's took place in the coastal region of Tuscany called Maremma. It was here that winemakers, tired of the traditional blends that are allowed for quality wine status, broke the rules and began blending Sangiovese with Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah. Today these wines are known as Super Tuscans and still do not qualify for the quality wine status of DOC or DOCG. Instead they are classified a level down as IGT (Indicazione Geografica Tipica) wines. But their quality can be every bit as good as the traditional Chiantis.
Villa Antinori Toscana, 2009 is a blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. It is the color of a red velvet movie curtain with aromas of blackberries, mushrooms and oak. The flavor is like bright cherries on satin. It is a medium bodied wine with a crisp acidity and velvety tannins. It is very well balanced and has a smooth finish. It pairs well with meats, especially pork and beef and is great with tomato and pasta dishes
You can find this flavorful, food-friendly wine at Whispering Vines for just 10.99. At that price, you may want to stock up.