We love the Super Tuscans here at The Sip.
And when we hit the lottery we will be sure to drink them every day.
But until then, we need other wallet-friendly options.
The term “Super Tuscan” was created back in 1970 to differentiate the high-end Tuscan wines from the inexpensive, lower-quality table wines or vino da tavola. (For more details on the term “Super Tuscan,” click here.)
Today, Super Tuscan wines like Sassacaia ($207/bottle), Tignanello ($96/bottle), and Ornellaia ($192/bottle) are the unnamed superstars of Tuscany and command top dollar. Some older vintages have even sold for over $1,000. These bottles are purchased for investment purposes, as well, because they often appreciate faster than the stock market.
Thankfully, you don’t have to spend your mortgage payment to taste the experience. These Tuscan estates, or Tenute, understand our plight and are making second and third labels at more reasonable prices.
Consider these options as you transport yourself to Tuscany.
From Tenuta San Guido's Sassicaia:
Le Difese $20. 70% Cabernet and 30% Sangiovese blend.
Barrua, $36. A joint venture between Tenuta San Guido and Cantina di Santadi, a winery on the island of Sardinia. The wine is mostly the Carignano grape with a little Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
From Tenuta Tignanello:
Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva, ($33). Sangiovese and Cabernet.
From Tenuta dell'Ornellaia:
Le Serre Nuove $49, Merlot based with cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and petit verdot
Le Volte $22 Sangiovese with merlot and cab.
Tracy Byrnes, former FOX Business Network anchor and host of “Wine with Me” for Foxnews.com, is editor-in-chief and chief contributor of The Sip.