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The Astor Wines & Spirits Glossary

Tuscany

When you think of Tuscan wine, think of Sangiovese, the grape that is common to most great Tuscan reds (Vernaccia is the only white wine made here). Brunello di Montalcino, one of the most complex expressions of Sangiovese, has the best aging potential. Vino Nobile di Montepulciano shows the softer side of the grape, containing up to 20% of other varieties. Young Chianti often smells of fresh fruit and herbs, while Chianti Classico Riserva can be dark and brooding. The term “Super Tuscans” originally designated very high-quality wines, but now applies to any Tuscan wine that does not fall into a DOC classification. The best of them combine modern winemaking with genuine reverence for the grape.