Super-Tuscan – Not your typical Italian wine
In my last article I wrote about a wine from Montepulciano, Tuscany. In case you missed out on this stunning Vino Nobile di Montepulciano then follow this link to read the tasting notes for it. Today I have some tasting notes for another wine from Tuscany; this one is not from Montepulciano though – it comes from the Tuscan coast between Livorno and Grosseto. To be precise from Castagneto Carducci which is more well-known as Bolgheri. Bolgheri in fact is just a subdivision of Castagneto Carducci. Before 1994 wines from Bolgheri were known as Super-Tuscan. After 1994 Bolgheri became it’s own DOC region and the term Super-Tuscan was no longer used. The area where Bolgheri can be produced is part of the Maremma National Park. One of Italy’s most beautiful places. If you’re going to Tuscany don’t forget to visit the Maremma.
Tenuta Argentiera was founded in the year 2000. They cultivate 60 hectares (150 acres) and produce four red wines and olive oil. I tried the 2009 vintage of Tenuta Argentiera’s Poggio ai Ginepri.
Tasting notes Poggio ai Ginepri
The wine is manufactured with 50% Cabernet-Sauvignon, 30% Syrah and 20% Merlot. 50% of Poggio ai Ginepri aged in French oak for about eight months. The other 50% in stainless steel. Before bottling the two “wines” were blended together. Poggio ai Ginepri has a bottle listed ABV of 14%.
Prior to drinking the wine has not been decanted. I simply gave the wine a little bit of air before pouring the glasses. The wine was a bit closed at first but developed quite well throughout the evening.
In the glass, the wine had a deep, intense ruby red color with purple hues. There were aromas of raspberry, plum, spices and caramel.
On the palate, Poggio ai Ginepri was dry and mineralic. I also tasted lots of red fruits and licorice. The wine was of medium body and had ripe tannins. I found the finish to be somewhere between medium and long.
The wine retails for around 13€ in Germany. Go to wine-searcher to find a store near you. I enjoyed the wine and for just 13€ it has an excellent price-quality ratio. No doubt that there are better Bolgheri out there but if you are looking for a low-budget Bolgheri then Poggio ai Ginepri from Tenuta Argentiera is an excellent choice.