Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Agricola Querciabella Mongrana Maremma Toscana

Agricola Querciabella Mongrana Maremma Toscana 2009
Maremma, Tuscany, Italy
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a SUPERTUSCAN! Supertuscans are nontraditional wines from Tuscany and its environs. These wines came out of experimentation in the 1960's and 1970's and are often Cabernet or a blend of Cabernet, Merlot, and Syrah -- in addition to the customary Sangiovese of Tuscany.

Review: The Mongrana is quite nice. While it comes across as a touch off dry (I usually only do dry table wine), I'm enjoying the tart cranberries and red cherries in this wine. These red fruits are paired with a hint of cinnamon, vanilla, and spicy black pepper. This blend is made up of 50% Sangiovese, lending the wine a bright freshness. 

Food Pairing: The high acid in this Supertuscan makes it super (haha) food friendly. I drank mine with a nice savory meatloaf. 

Bottom Line: Pretty tasty and not too heavy. A great easy drinking red for a warm summer night. I dig it.

Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: 2009
  • PLACE: Maremma Toscana IGT (Indicazione Geographica Tipica)
  • GRAPES: 50% Sangiovese, 25% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon 
  • BOOZE: 13.5% 
  • CELLAR: Drink now, hold for a few years

Where did I get it? Crystal City Wine Shop
What's the damage? High Priced

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