Toccata bottle

Toccata

Super Tuscan Blend, 2013

This Santa Barbara County Super Tuscan red has legitimate Italian roots. Joe Carrari, the 81-year-old son of Italian immigrants, first planted these vineyards decades ago, and later sold his vineyard to Louis “The Dirtman” Lucas. He used his pruning prowess and extensive knowledge to renovate and revitalize the vineyard, primarily by trellising each varietal differently to enhance the flavors of the grapes. The warm summer days and cool coastal nights of the Los Alamos Valley provide the perfect growing environment, allowing for the production of aromatic, full-flavored wine that maintains varietal character.

Profile

Toccata Super Tuscan Red Blend is a California take on classic Italian red wine from Tuscany, substituting Cab Franc for Cab Sauvignon to create a more food- friendly, less bitter wine.

Low
High
TANNIN
SWEETNESS
BODY
ACIDITY
APPEARANCE
Garnet
APPEARANCE
Garnet
FLAVORS & AROMAS
Baking spices
Vanilla
Pencil lead
Plum

Pairing

This elegant red has the body to stand up to the bitter flavors of brassicas—such as turnips and broccoli—but doesn’t overwhelm meatless meals, while the plum aromas enhance the flavor of red fruits.

TASTING TIP

Blending allows the best features of each wine to shine through. In this blend, Cab Franc contributes spicy flavors while the Sangiovese brightens those flavors.

Italian dish? Pour an Italian-style red that matches the dish's richness and draws out the flavors of the currants and eggplant.

With beefy richness and Mexican spice, pour a red that brings fruity and savory notes—for added complexity.

This Super Tuscan red has the acidity to match the tang of goat cheese and a spicy aroma that complements the pork chop.

This Super Tuscan red draws out the flavors of this delicately spiced dish without overpowering them.

Bolognese is a classic Northern Italian dish, so pair it with a classic Northern Italian-inspired wine – keep it simple.

This is a popular Northern Italian dish that calls for a classically styled wine from the region. The smoky paprika will accent the fruit flavors of the wine.

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More About The Wine

In Santa Barbara County AVA (American Viticultural Area), the Santa Ynez Valley has the largest concentration of vineyards on the Central Coast, thanks to its warm days and very cool nights. Winds off the Pacific Ocean have an unencumbered route into the valley, where vineyards experience a long, gentle growing season that concentrates flavors in the wine.

DID YOU KNOW?

Italy’s Chianti was originally required to include 10 percent white wine, but winemakers who disliked this rule created the Super Tuscan, an alternative that contains only red.

  • VARIETY
    Super Tuscan Blend
  • VINTAGE
    2013
  • VINEYARD
    67% Valley View Vineyard, 33% Los Alamos View Vineyard
  • APPELLATION REGION, STATE
    Santa Barbara County, California
  • OAK
    New and neutral oak
  • SOIL
    Santa Ynez clay loam
  • ALCOHOL
    15.2%
  • FARMING
    Conventional

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