$70, 4 stars, 92 points, bordeaux blend, Italy, super tuscan, tuscany, VWTC
The finale for the 21st Virtual Wine Tasting was this Super Tuscan blend of Cab Sav, Cab Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. With 6 years of age it is starting to show a touch of garnet in the glass that is 75% opaque. The group were torn on this wine, some liked the tertiary notes, others did not. The combined flavors and aromas of the group include red twizzlers, blackcurrant, blackberry, vanilla, cigar, manure, barnyard, old wood, musty old oak beams, charcoal and some dried herbs. Leather featured on the back end and I found this wine to be more complex on the nose versus the palate. Super smooth tannins get grippy on the finish and we felt the wine had low to medium acidity, medium body with a long finish. It was very layered and balanced, even if the tannins started to kick off on the very tail end. This wine will develop more tertiary notes and has the backbone to cellar for another 10 years easily. It calls for a rustic pasta dish with truffles. It was the big baller of the evening at $70, which makes it a 4 star wine for me at 92 points. Salut….