The Vineyard – What a Tasting!
by: Ean Egas

What a tasting!  If you had the chance to read my blog last week, I wrote about the honor of 677 Prime hosting the Antinori wine collection tasting this past Monday on May 18th.  It went wonderfully.  We had Alessia Antinori herself presenting two separate tastings of the Antinori wines.  The insight she provided into their wines was very interesting, especially the story of the first Super Tuscan ever produced.  Alessia’s grandfather, Marchesi Antinori, had taken a vacation in France and came upon the noble varietal of Cabernet Sauvignon.  He then went back to his home in Tuscany and introduced the blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. However, because he used more than 15.1 percent of a different varietal, he was not allowed to call it Chianti, according to the official DOCG classification of Italian wines.  Thus in 1971, the first marketed Super Tuscan wine named “Tignanello” was born.  It was the first Sangiovese to be aged in small oak barrels, the first red wine in modern times to use non-traditional grape variety, Cabernet, in the blend, and among the first red wines made in Chianti with no white grapes.  It became a new breed of exceptional Italian wines now referred to as Super Tuscans for their popularity and quality.  A very interesting but an even better wine!  Stop by and give it , or any of the other Antinori wines, a try.

Certified Sommelier for Angelo’s 677 Prime

Ean Egas

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