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Wine Spectator School

Course: Tuscany

Class 3: Bolgheri and Super Tuscans

Super Tuscan Comparison


Tasting Goals
Compare and contrast three Super Tuscans; one Sangiovese, one Bordeaux blend and one Syrah blend. Pay special attention to fruit flavors, tannin levels, leanness or elegance and texture.

The Three Wines
Purchase three Super Tuscans.

  • One wine should be made from Sangiovese.
  • One wine should be a Bordeaux blend, made from some combination of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc.
  • One wine should be made from Syrah, which might be blended with Sangiovese.
    • The wines will be fairly pricey, retailing for around $50-75 each.
    • If possible, the wines should be approximately the same age, or within a couple vintages of each other.
Make sure to write down the name of each wine...

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