Like many top Chianti producers, the Barbanera family (below) also craft Super Tuscans. Leading Italian critic Luca Maroni gave their flagship Vecciano cuvée 98 Points and called it "one of the all-time great Super Tuscan reds." Their Saracosa, made by Sofia Barbanera, is a far more affordable exclusive, showcasing the same blend (see below) and its own acclaimed pedigree – this 2014 release won a coveted gold medal at the 2015 Berliner Wein Trophy. Enjoy a glass with a pizza, then share your review online!
Back in the 1970s, a few innovative Italian winemakers wanted to experiment with international grapes forbidden in the production of Chianti. Strict wine laws required them to label these top-quality creations vino da tavola. To differentiate their rich, expensive-to-make reds from cheaper table wines, they coined the term ‘Super Tuscan.' Sofia’s features red fruited Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon (for structure) and Merlot (to give the wine soft notes of dark fruit).