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'Super' fruit-driven wine finds loyalists



By W. Peter Hoyne


Well blended: The 209 Modus is a blend of 50 percent Sangioves, 25 percent Cabernet Sauvignon and 25 percent Merlot. | Photo by Brett Roseman ~ Sun-Times Media


The personality of Italian wines continues to evolve in the American market with a growing number of IGT wines, better know as “Super Tuscans.” The IGT, Indicazione Geografica Tipica, designation is a wine that represents the typical geographic characteristics of the region where it is grown, yet does not adhere to the regional blending laws. Instead, these wines incorporate non-traditional Italian varietals of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah in creating a New World rendition of Tuscan wine.


While Sangiovese remains the native grape of Tuscany and is well represented in the wines from Chianti, the Super Tuscans push beyond the charismatic style of Sangiovese into a forceful, “super” fruit-driven expression Scissors-32x32.png

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