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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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  • Casanuova delle Cerbaie Rivale 2011  Front Label
    Casanuova delle Cerbaie Rivale 2011
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    • Poggio Bonelli Poggiassai 2011 Front Label
      Poggio Bonelli Poggiassai 2011
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      • Banfi Centine Toscana 2011 Front Label
        Banfi Centine Toscana 2011
        Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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      • Argiano Non Confunditur 2011 Front Label
        Argiano Non Confunditur 2011
        Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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      • Querciabella Mongrana 2011 Front Label
        Querciabella Mongrana 2011
        Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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      • Ruffino Modus 2011 Front Label
        Ruffino Modus 2011
        Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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      • Sportoletti Assisi Rosso 2011 Front Label
        Sportoletti Assisi Rosso 2011
        Tuscan Blends from Umbria, Italy
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        • Il Palagio Casino Delle Vie 2011 Front Label
          Il Palagio Casino Delle Vie 2011
          Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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        • Pardi Montefalco Rosso 2011 Front Label
          Pardi Montefalco Rosso 2011
          Tuscan Blends from Umbria, Italy
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        • ColleMassari Montecucco Rigoleto 2011 Front Label
          ColleMassari Montecucco Rigoleto 2011
          Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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        • Frescobaldi Remole Toscana Rosso 2011 Front Label
          Frescobaldi Remole Toscana Rosso 2011
          Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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        • Antinori Villa Toscana 2011 Front Label
          Antinori Villa Toscana 2011
          Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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        • La Braccesca Sabazio Rosso di Montepulciano 2011 Front Label
          La Braccesca Sabazio Rosso di Montepulciano 2011
          Tuscan Blends from Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy
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          • Santa Cristina by Antinori Rosso 2011 Front Label
            Santa Cristina by Antinori Rosso 2011
            Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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          • Ruffino Il Ducale 2011 Front Label
            Ruffino Il Ducale 2011
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            • Tenuta Sette Ponti Crognolo 2011 Front Label
              Tenuta Sette Ponti Crognolo 2011
              Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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            • Banfi Col di Sasso 2011 Front Label
              Banfi Col di Sasso 2011
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              • Capezzana Villa di Carmignano 2011 Front Label
                Capezzana Villa di Carmignano 2011
                Tuscan Blends from Carmignano, Tuscany, Italy
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              • Mazzei Badiola Toscana 2011 Front Label
                Mazzei Badiola Toscana 2011
                Tuscan Blends from Italy
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                • Monte Antico Supremus 2011 Front Label
                  Monte Antico Supremus 2011
                  Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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                  • Cabreo Il Borgo 2011 Front Label
                    Cabreo Il Borgo 2011
                    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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                  • Capezzana Barco Reale 2011 Front Label
                    Capezzana Barco Reale 2011
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                    • Castello di Monterinaldi Chianti Classico Riserva 2011 Front Label
                      Castello di Monterinaldi Chianti Classico Riserva 2011
                      Tuscan Blends from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                      • Il Palagio Sister Moon 2011 Front Label
                        Il Palagio Sister Moon 2011
                        Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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                      • Il Molino di Grace Il Volano 2011 Front Label
                        Il Molino di Grace Il Volano 2011
                        Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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