Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Bollina Corte Medicea 2015 'Cletus' Toscana IGT, Tuscany

Super Tuscans break the mold. Can “renegade” Italian winemakers deliver a superior white Super Tuscan?

Red And White?

Super Tuscans are supposed to be red, aren’t they? Some of the world’s greatest wines are red wines of Italy’s Tuscany region that “break the rules” and use international grape varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

Hold the phone! Tuscan winemakers produce white Super Tuscans also. We recently uncorked the 2015 Cletus Super Tuscan from the Bollina Vineyard.

Cletus is is complex blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier. Quite a change from the often unremarkable Pinot Grigio which gush forth from Italy.

Verdict Of The Glass

These are three grapes you wouldn’t normally think of joining together, but it works splendidly. Tuscany’s glorious sunshine brings out the best in the fruit. The body of Cletus is medium, which is more substantial than many whites. The flavor profile is bouncy, with bright green apple and melon notes being woven together with a lively acidity. This is  a luscious mouthful.

We picked this bottle up online for a mere $14.99, a steal for this high quality white which usually goes for about twice the price. Super Tuscans typically give winemakers more leeway to be creative, since they are not regulated by the rules of the regulating counsel of the wine region. We’re happy to say that this white wine lives up to the “super” title.

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