Great wines aren’t shaped by tradition, they define it.
We pay attention to the people and events of the past because they were exceptional, not ordinary. We pay tribute to past traditions, however the ones that endure were once those that dared to be different. The same goes for wine.
The name “Maremma” is derived from the Latin word for the sea, “Mare”, and is comprised of vineyards that dot the western coastal regions of Tuscany. Here, a handful of ambitious winemakers dared to plant Bordeaux varietals like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with a vision to create the Italian equivalent of the best First Growth Bordeaux. Few considered the swampy lowlands along the Mediterranean to be good for anything but mosquitoes, but in the mid-1900s that changed.
Starting with the Marchese Incisa della Roccheta and continuing with his nephews, Piero and Lodovico Antinori, magnificently crafted Bordeaux style blends began to show up with wine names like Sassicaia, Ornalia and Guado al Taso. These wines were embraced by critics and a few fortunate customers who went as far as describing them as “fairy tale wine.” In 1978, Decanter magazine chose the ’72 Sassicaia as the best Claret in the world. The wine critic Robert Parker called wines like these “Super Tuscans”. The rest is history.
A new tradition was thus started in Tuscany. Albert Einstein once said, “Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.” In the Maremma, winemakers were free from the bond of tradition to work unfettered to start a new one. It was proven that red wines made from grapes other than the native Sangiovese could gain worldwide recognition. As a consequence, many talented winemakers migrated to the coast.
One of these winemakers is the force behind our new Rosso Maremma Toscana, a splendid blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot from the vineyards near the edge of the Tuscan shoreline. This wine possesses ethereal aromas of black currant, balsam and cherry blossoms that cascade from your glass followed by a cadence of eucalyptus and sweet almonds. It’s an amalgam of contrasting themes. At once it is full-bodied, but chic and intense but charming. To sum, it’s a superior Super Tuscan for less than half the original price.
Quite honestly, this is one of the best wines we’ve ever put in a bottle with the 90+ Cellars label. Acquire a few bottles for yourself, and we bet that drinking this wine will quickly become a new tradition in your family.
For more info (and hopefully a good laugh) check out the video we made about this wine, too: