February 6, 2018

The History of Super Tuscan Wine

Luna’s signature red blend called, Canto is the culmination of an inspired vision, skillful winemaking and an intuitive search for the finest grapes. Rightfully named for its symphony of flavors, the Canto (poem, song) is a Super Tuscan blend. Although a customer favorite, the origins of Super Tuscan wines remain a mystery to many. We’re hear to shed some light on the unique origin of this cherished and unique wine.

Super Tuscan is a term used to describe red wines from Tuscany that may include non-indigenous grapes, such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah. During the 1970’s, Italian winemakers were frustrated with the rigidity of wine laws in their country. They began blending ‘unsanctioned’ wine varieties into their wines to produce high quality wines. These wines did not, of course conform to the DOCG regulations at the time. It took the legal system a couple years to accept the new era of Tuscan winemaking, eventually introducing the IGT designation in 1992. Today, Super Tuscans symbolize a creative movement in Italy and a push for higher quality wines.

Luna has embraced that innovative spirit since the beginning and our Canto Super Tuscan is a testament to that. In 2014, we combined reserve selection Sangiovese from the Game Farm Vineyard in Oakville with Merlot from Howell Mountain, Cabernet Sauvignon from Atlas Peak, and Cabernet France from Coombsville. The result is a dark, inky wine with velvety, cocoa infused tannins.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine recently recognized our Super Tuscan for its “tart tangy red fruit and powerfully soft and supple tannin.”

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