| 1997 Tenuta del Terriccio Tassinaia ( Soild Label)|
This wine consists of 45% Cabernet, 45% Sangiovese, and 10% Merlot. Ripe, concentrated black and red raspberry fruit flavors are underscored by sweet, spicy oak and leather notes and a firm core of acidity in this wine, which is supported by a pronounced tannic backbone.-From the Distributor
The estate of Castello del Terriccio is an extensive, 4,200-acre property located in the Tuscan coastal maremma at Castellina Marittima in the province of Livorno, a few miles south of the charming summer resort village of Cecina. The original estate of Terriccio dates from at least the mid-1800s, and was originally the property of the Gaetani family of Pisa.-From the Distributor
While this wine is made from Cabernet and Merlot, it belongs to a special and controversial family of wines known as the "Super Tuscans". These wines are produced in the region famous for Chianti, but due to restrictive wine laws in Italy, certain winemakers decided that they didn't want to grow Sangiovese grapes (The main grape in Chianti), but instead, traditional Bordeaux varietals. Unfortunately, at the time, since these wines did not conform to Italy's wine laws, these wines, although excellent in quality, were given the lowest quality rating by Italy's wine law consortium. These days, Super Tuscans enjoy an excellent reputation due to their consistent high quality, and cult-like status.