There are some Tuscan wines they call ‘Super’, just like there are some really disgusting wines that are given 95+ points. And then there are some Tuscan wines that deserve the title ‘Super’. This is one of the few I know of. I’ll be honest; I did spend a week at Lanciola’s villa a few years ago. Long story short we got hopelessly lost in the hills south of Florence. It was a Sunday, we had spent the entire day flying, it was late, my wife had already cracked open the Duty Free Brandy and was guzzling it, no one around us knew where the villa was and no one spoke a word of English – why should they? By 9.00pm the Brandy was gone and I knew we weren’t going to get anything to eat. We found the place at 10:00 – no food. We walked up the hill to the village and there was a tiny cafe still open. We asked the two young kids if they could cook for us! Stupid question. Probably the best bowl of pasta I have had in my life. And to drink? They only had Lanciola, sod it, I was really hoping for a Tignanello! Two bottles of 2001 Terricci later and I was on holiday, in bliss, and happy.
The thing about Super Tuscans is most of them aren’t. It’s just our way of saying, pay more ‘cos the wine’s got a bit of cabernet in it. The Terricci on the other hand is really ‘super’. Superlatives aside, and there’s an entire dictionary that you could use to describe the wine, this is great juice. Rich but not ‘Steak House’ style, with a bosom of ripe black fruits, brooding meaty spices and a wealth of Asian spices – soy sauce, ginger, orange skin. It’s just great. Call it the Chinese Take-a-Way. This is also a wine to keep. Buy some for now but tuck a few in a corner and bring them out in 5-10 years’ time. Trust me.
- Producer: Azienda Agricola Lanciola
- Vintage: 2001
- Varietal: Sangiovese/Cabernet Sauvignon
- Country: Italy
- Region: Tuscan
- Production: Small
- Availability: Yes. $41.00 pb. $34.85 per case
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