2015 San Vito Madiere Toscana Rosso
Blend: Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot
From Tuscany, Italy
Tuscany, the most important region in central Italy, where it is known as Toscana. Today Tuscany is at the centre neither of Italy’s economic life nor of its political life, but it is the region which formed Italy’s language, its literature, and its art, and has thus assumed a central place in the country’s culture and self-image. The landscape, immortalized in the work of artists from Giotto to Michelangelo and part of every European’s cultural baggage, has remained largely unchanged to this day: a succession of hills and valleys covered with cypresses, umbrella pines, olive groves—and vineyards.
As you know, the most planted red variety here is the esteemed Sangiovese; a widely variable grape that has enormous food-pairing abilities and is beloved for its versatility, and ability to blend with other varietals as well as oak. In Tuscany in particular, the emergence of Super Tuscans encouraged blending International varietals with Sangiovese and declassifying from the DOC or DOCG to a table wine, since the original system wasn’t a quality-centric one… as expanded on below.
Not all of the myriad of DOCs and DOCGs in Tuscany (48 in total in 2014) are either significant or particularly different from the supposedly lower IGT category. Producers therefore often prefer to label their wines with the more widely recognized IGT Toscana. More than half of Tuscany’s 60,000 ha are registered for the production of DOC and IGT wine with their stricter production rules than for basic table wine. While the Chianti DOCG continues to supply the mass market with distinctly modest wines, the majority of Tuscany’s wine regions are now focused on high quality. While the trend for indigenous varieties seems unstoppable, the international varieties, which are still widely planted, excel in several areas (notably in Carmignano, Bolgheri, Suvereto, and, for Syrah, Cortona).
Taste: A Tuscan wine lovers Toscana rosso. Made from Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot. Aromas of plums, sweet green tobacco, mocha, and wet earth. Medium to full body, round and velvety tannins and a flavorful finish. Made from organically grown grapes.
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