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Bolgheri is a region on the Tuscan coast and it was here that wines known as Super Tuscans were first made from grapes other than just Sangiovese.
This silver medal winner is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc and is a magnificent beast.
Rich and bold, with dusky black fruits and a generous helping of spice.
Will age beautifully, too.
This wine can be drunk now but will further improve if carefully stored for up to 3 years
A beautiful beast of a wine with a rich, heady mix of earthy, herby aromas and black cherry, fig and spice flavours. In the 1940s, an inquisitive and rebellious winemaker planted the unauthorised Cabernet in Bolgheri rather than the signature Tuscan grape, Sangiovese. By the 1970s, these unofficial wines were world famous and known as Super Tuscans, often more delicious than many top Chianti's. Bolgheri is compared to California’s Napa Valley because it produces similar robust yet fine Cabernet-based wines. Made for us by Piccini, the results are fab. Mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, with Merlot and Cabernet Franc making up the blend. Laura Jewell MW, Tesco Category Product Development Manager
Jane MacQuitty - Weekend, The Times 04/01/2014
Of the 2010 vintage, Jane MacQuitty said: "Not everyone's glass of wine, but this Bordeaux-aping Tuscan red of mostly cabernet sauvignon delivers bold, leafy, cinnamon-spiced, winter-warming class."
Matthew Jukes - Weekend, Daily Mail 25/01/2014
Of the 2010 vintage, Matthew Jukes said: "The Bolgheri region on Italy's Tuscan coast produces outstanding wnies, and this is no exception - despite being far cheaper than most of it's compatriots. A blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc, it will get even better with age."
Matthew Jukes - Weekend, Daily Mail 30/05/2014
Of the 2010 vintage, Matthew Jukes said: "Bolgheri is a world-famous wine region to the south of Livorno on the Tuscan coast. Its red wines are noble, reserved and very expensive. This budget example includes cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc in the mix and it's very refined."
Piccini's story began in 1882 with Angiolo Piccini, who owned only 7 ha of vineyards in the Chianti area. Even today, Piccini is still 100% family owned by Mario and Martina Piccini who mark the 4th generation of the family. Piccini is situated in Castellina in Chianti and is one of the biggest players in Tuscany.
The production area runs parallel to the beaches of northern Maremma, located in the province of Livorno, in the town of Castagneto Carducci. To the east, a chain of hills runs between Bibbona and Castagneto, protecting the vineyards from the cold winds from the north, which often provoke lethal freezes during the winter. In the summer, this corridor is swept by cool winds that are generated between the valleys of the Cecina river to the north, and the Cornia stream to the south.
£132.00 per case
Equivalent to £11.00 per bottle
132 Clubcard Points