Mocine is a co-op nestled in the hills near Siena in Italy's famous Chianti region. This wine is called Super Tuscan because that term is now more famous to the wine cognoscenti than Chianti.
It all started about 50 years ago, when the laws were so strict about using white grapes in Chianti that a few producers decided they could make better wine by eliminating the white grapes altogether and adding a few international varieties. The fact that these wines were more exciting caused a revolution, as nearly every major producer started making a "Super Tuscan."
It was so pervasive that the laws actually were changed to allow them to eliminate the white grapes and use the grapes they were already using anyway - namely, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and, in some cases, Syrah - and still call it Chianti.
Our selection could legally be called Chianti since it is a blend of Sangiovese, the classic main grape of Chianti, and three other ancient grapes known for adding color and power to the blend: Colorino, Foglia Tonda and Barsaglina.
The result really is a "super" wine as it exhibits the earthy, bramble, berry flavors of Chianti, but with more color and power than most of its neighbors.
Our selection is a giant of a wine with power and glory to spare. The added benefit of coming from the spectacular 2015 vintage only makes us more excited about what it will become.
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