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Tuscan Blends

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Big, bold and modern in style, Tuscan Blends are composed solely of international grape varieties or a mix of international and indigenous. In the 1970s, disenchanted with constraints of Italian winemaking laws, a few rebellious Tuscan winemakers decided to get creative. Instead of following the tradition to bottle Sangiovese by itself, they started blending it with various international varieties, namely Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Syrah, applying their own creative spin for the blend. Luckily all of these marry well with Sangiovese, and even make great Tuscan wines on their own. As a result, these producers experienced near-immediate success.

Tasting Notes for Tuscan Blends

Tuscan Blends are dry, red wines and have a full body, silky tannins and good complexity. Typical aromas and flavors in Tuscan Blends include blackcurrant, plum, black cherry, licorice, cedar, camphor, wet earth, violets, sweet spice and cocoa.

Perfect Food Pairings for Tuscan Blends

Anything protein-rich will pair with Tuscan Blends. Filet mignon, venison, a grilled portabello with pecorino & rosemary, lasagna and anything off the barbecue are all great choices.

Sommelier Secrets for Tuscan Blends

The most famous and revered Tuscan Blends from Italy are called “Super Tuscans.” One of the most well-known, ‘Tignanello,’ created by Antinori in 1971, is a blend of 80% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. Ornellaia, established by Marchesi Lodovico Antinori in 1981, with the help of renowned agronomist Andre Tchelistcheff, remains a stellar example today; since 2002 Marchesi de' Frescobaldi has been the sole owner. Ornellaia is typically a blend of about half Cabernet Sauvignon, a third Merlot and the rest filled in with Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Sassicaia, another, has earned itself an extraordinary reputation and global esteem, so much so that the Sassicaia property was actually awarded its very own appellation with the 1994 vintage. It is typically 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc.

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  • Antinori Solaia 2008 Front Label
    Antinori Solaia 2008
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tenuta Luce  2008  Front Label
    Tenuta Luce 2008
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  • Monte Antico Rosso 2008 Front Label
    Monte Antico Rosso 2008
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    • Frescobaldi Tenuta di Castiglioni 2008 Front Label
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        • Rocca di Frassinello Le Sughere di Frassinello 2008 Front Label
          Rocca di Frassinello Le Sughere di Frassinello 2008
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        • Castello di Monterinaldi Chianti Classico Riserva 2008 Front Label
          Castello di Monterinaldi Chianti Classico Riserva 2008
          Tuscan Blends from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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          • Frescobaldi Remole Toscana Rosso 2008 Front Label
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            • Brancaia Tre 2008 Front Label
              Brancaia Tre 2008
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            • Banfi Col di Sasso 2008 Front Label
              Banfi Col di Sasso 2008
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            • Terrabianca Campaccio Riserva 2008 Front Label
              Terrabianca Campaccio Riserva 2008
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            • Il Molino di Grace Il Volano 2008 Front Label
              Il Molino di Grace Il Volano 2008
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            • Banfi Centine Toscana 2008 Front Label
              Banfi Centine Toscana 2008
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            • Castello di Verrazzano Rosso 2008 Front Label
              Castello di Verrazzano Rosso 2008
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              • Colle Bereto Chianti Classico 2008 Front Label
                Colle Bereto Chianti Classico 2008
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                • Terrabianca Campaccio 2008 Front Label
                  Terrabianca Campaccio 2008
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                • Tenuta Sette Ponti Crognolo 2008 Front Label
                  Tenuta Sette Ponti Crognolo 2008
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                • Gaja Ca'Marcanda Promis 2008 Front Label
                  Gaja Ca'Marcanda Promis 2008
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                  ColleMassari Montecucco Rigoleto 2008
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                    Brancaia Il Blu 2008
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                  • Ruffino Modus 2008 Front Label
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                    Il Palagio Sister Moon 2008
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                    Cabreo Il Borgo 2008
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