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"Super-Tuscans"- Please help me understand

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"Super-Tuscans"- Please help me understand

bobby06877 | Jan 18, 2007 03:46 PM

I just don't get the whole concept of "super-Tuscan" wines. Every wine shop describes them differently. As I understand these wines, they are generally non-traditional (for Italy) blends of cabernet sauvignon, merlot,etc. What I truly don't understand is why they comand such a steep price. Similar French blends sell for a fraction of the price. I have seen super tuscans such as Sassicaia, Tenuta Dell'Ornellaia sell for several hundred dollars. The Masseto, a full 100% Merlot sells for up to $300.00. Why such a premium? Are they they much better than their French and American counterparts? Please enlighten me on this category of wine since it truly intrigues me. Thank you.

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