A Super (Value) Tuscan destined for the Spectator Top 100

A Super (Value) Tuscan destined for the Spectator Top 100

Posted on Apr, 21. 2011 by

Categories: Wine

Today’s wine is unlike anything we’ve offered in more than a year. You’re all well aware of our profound love for the Cabernet-based wines of Bordeaux, and we’re always on the lookout for the occasional great value Cabernet from the Napa Valley, but today we bring you a wonderful expression of Cabernet from another geography altogether. This time we’re in Italy, specifically Tuscany, where some absolutely amazing Bordeaux-varietal wines have been made over the past 20 years (called “Super Tuscans”). About a year ago we brought you a very exciting, very reasonably priced Cabernet-based wine from Bolgheri in the north-western corner of Tuscany, the 2006 Poggio alla Querce. With a price in the teens, I suppose one could call it a “baby Super Tuscan” if that’s not too oxymoronic. Well, if you enjoyed that wine (or perhaps regretted missing it), here’s another similar example to sink your teeth into…

The 2007 Tenuta Monteti Toscana Caburnio is a Cabernet blend like the Poggio alla Querce, but with a slightly different varietal mix — here we’ve got 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Alicante and 20% Merlot. The estate is located near the town of Capalbio, in the extreme south-western corner of Tuscany. The wine shows all of the ripeness of that warm, excellent vintage, and moderate oak treatment means that the fruit flavors are pure and forward. I had been keeping my eyes out for this wine to become available in the US after I saw a stellar review in the Wine Spectator a few months ago:

92 Points. Fresh and focused flavors of black cherry, black currant and herbs that border on jammy, but never cross the line. Supple and smooth, offering ripe tannins and bright acidity for structure, with excellent length. Cabernet Sauvignon, Alicante and Merlot. Best from 2012 through 2024. 10,000 cases made. –BS

When it finally arrived late last week, we insisted on getting the first bottle off the truck and sampling it on Monday morning (the lengths we go to in order to ensure you’re taken care of…). I made sure to hide the published review to see how my unbiased notes might compare, and they were very consistent — pure cherry fruit, with real balance and elegance and enough acidity to keep everything focused. While that sounds pretty typical for a Cabernet, what I like most about the wine is that it tastes authentically Italian — whether it’s the herb/spice on the palate, the terroir, or something else I’m not sure, but it definitely tastes of a place, this place, which is probably the highest compliment you can put on a wine.

Perhaps the second highest compliment is “spectacular value”, and this wine certainly qualifies there as well, given the jaw-dropping pricing:

2007 Tenuta Monteti Toscana Caburnio, Italy
Member Price: [private_member] Grand Cru: $14.66 • Premier Cru: $15.33 [/private_member]
Retail Price: $18.00
Buy Now!

Given the very high score and very low price, this wine is almost certain to be on the year-end Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of the Year list come December. Get yours now while quantities are good, as this is sure to sell out fast once our competitors who get forwarded our emails try to corner the market (you know who you are)…

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