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RichardSE
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posted 04-02-2011 08:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RichardSE     Edit/Delete Message
Bigsemi beat me to the punch. Super Tuscan's are of course from Tuscany and many of them are made from Bordeaux varietals, although they can be from any grape variety.

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bigsemi
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posted 04-02-2011 08:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bigsemi   Click Here to Email bigsemi     Edit/Delete Message
The Super Tuscan can be anything that is not at least 80% Sangiovese, which is the percentage for Chianti, Brunello has to be 100% Sangiovese. We got a great Syrah blend when we were in Italy last spring. It was a super tuscan.

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yesilovewine
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posted 04-01-2011 09:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Hawkeye,
The "Super Tuscan" is some sort of class of blends...I think. I couldn't find it in my wine guide. I just thought you might know, or have been told if the wine you had was in that category. I have heard of them before, as I said, and would just love to get my hands on one ( espcially if I'm NOT buying... ) so I was hoping that your wine was in the class so I'd know what to look for.
That said, at that price, I couldn't buy it anyway, so the point is moot. Bummer............I really would love to learn more about those. Someone once told me that Super Tuscans are Italy's answer to the Chateau Neuf de Pape....so naturally I feel the need to "confirm or deny"
Any of y'all know about the Super Tuscans??

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yesilovewine
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posted 04-01-2011 06:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
you two...
...I can't even get my post right!!!


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damombo
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posted 04-01-2011 06:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Happy April Fool's Day Hawkeye!!
No, I wouldn't pass up a trip to Heaven - just my sick humor

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Hawkeye
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posted 04-01-2011 04:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi yesilovewine, I don't know about the "super blend", but I would rate it up there, maybe one notch below the Cab. The Italian was $99.00 retail and the Stag's Leap Cab $89.00. If we purchased last night we got a 10% discount. With a full cellar already, we passed even though we like both of them a lot.

I can't believe that Damombo is passing up a trip to Heaven.

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yesilovewine
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posted 04-01-2011 03:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
That sounds like a fabulous event Hawkeye. You guys are lucky.
Question...showing my ignorance here....is that Italian blend what is called a "Super Tuscan"? I don't think I've ever actually tasted one, but I've heard they are delish.
Did you like it?

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Hawkeye
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posted 04-01-2011 02:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
We are very fortunate in Chattanooga to have several top quality restaurants. Our favorite of the bunch is the St. John's Restaurant, fine dining at it's best. I would put it above any restaurant I have eaten in, including Napa and Sonoma.

About every two months they have a wine and food pairing dinner and last night was the night. There were probably 40 of us in the group.

Here is the menu:

When we arrived, we had a glass of Domain Ste. Michelle Blanc de Blancs, Columbia Valley, Washington.
I am not a sparkling fan, but this was quite good, not too sweet nor too dry. We were very surprised at the price . . . $19.99 retail.

Day boat Halibut Crudo
circle s farm radishes, wildwood farm baby bok choy, meyer lemon oil, habanero water
Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc '09 Marlborough, New Zeland. Neither Mrs. Hawkeye nor I cared for this, it was too sweet for our palate.

Columbia River Steelhead Trout
paoched foie gras, pickled spring onion, smoked mustard gastrique
'04 Cabernet Savignon/Merlot, Columbia Crest Walter Clore Private Reserve, Columbia Valley, Washington.
Both of us agreed that this was an exceptional Merlot with enough body with the addition of the Cab in the blend.

Milk Fed Veal Loin (neither of us are too fond of veal because of the way the calves are treated) beluga lentils, pancetta, asparagus.
'06 Marchesi Antinori Tignanello IGT. A blend of Sangiovese/Cabernet Savignon/Cabernet Franc. Tuscany, Italy. Big and bold with lots of fruit.

Painted Hills Beef Hanger Steak, wildwood farm chard, king trumpet mushrooms, riverview farm grits.
096 Stag's Leap Cabernet Savignon, FAY Vineyard, Napa Valley.
WOW! BIG, BOLD, and being an '06, they had to decant it for a couple hours. WOW!

To finish the evening, Chocolate Semifreddo with candied honeybells, thyme ice cream and continued with the '06 Cab.

A very nice evening, indeed. Cheers.

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