Most days, working for a small start-up company like 90+ Cellars is no walk in the park. With fewer than 15 employees and lots of thirsty customers, things can get a little crazy. That said, for every long week of work we plow through, we at least have several opportunities to wind down with some wine samples. We receive samples that usually range in quality from pretty tasty to borderline undrinkable, but every now and then we get spoiled with some seriously good wine. This Friday was one of those days.
Earlier in the week we received samples of 94 and 96 point Super Tuscans. What is a Super Tuscan? Jarrod suggested that it was “some Italian guy in a cape”…maybe not, but this wine tasted so good it made us want to leap tall buildings in a single bound.
Super Tuscans are the creme de la creme and founding member of a category of red Italian blends also known as Indicazione Geografica Tipical (IGT) wines. This category was invented to describe styles of Italian wine that are not typical for the country, but is too darn tasty to not make. In the case of our Super Tuscan, it means mixing up traditional Sangiovese with French grapes like Cabernet and Merlot grown in the heart of Tuscany. So why the comic book worthy name? “Super Tuscan” was coined by Robert Parker in the 1970s to describe skillfully blended and supremely delicious IGT wine that might otherwise be labelled as vino da tavola, which is Italian for “table wine.” Fancy, huh?
Well, we’d be happy to have this wines on our table any day, and we thought you would too. We put in an offer and we were able to get our hands on over 2,000 cases that are slated to come in early 2012, meaning this Super Tuscan will be our Lot 57. We’re no heroes, but we do have the power to bring you some super delicious wine.
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