Bacci Inveitro Renieri 2011

Review By Eric Tansey, CSW,Sommelier

The Inveitro Renieri is reddish brown in color with aromas of dried, crushed flowers, bright red cherries, orange peel and blackberry yogurt .

On the palate the Inveitro Renieri has a medium body mouth feel with bright cheery and dusty terroir characteristics. The finish brings bright acidity with a mineral, almost metallic finish. This wine is easily identifiable as Italian by its brownish color and its perfume-y nose.

The Inveitro Renieri  is very clean and there are hardly any outside influences in the juice, just fresh grapes and good ol’ Italian terroir. Cheers!

Tansey’s Blind Review – 86 points

Wine Enthusiast – 85 points

James Suckling – 90 Points


The Break Down

65%
Body

98%
Dryness Level

60%
Fruit

45%
Oak

40%
Tannins

75%
Acidity


Wine Selection – Renieri  Inveitro 

Producer – Renieri Winery 

Style –  Dry red blend/Super Tuscan 

Varietals – 50% Sangiovese, 25% Merlot, and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon 

Region – Tuscany , Italy  

Vintage – 2011

Alcohol – 14%

Classification – IGT

Food Pairing – Pizza, spaghetti, red pasta


What is a Super Tuscan?

This is one of my favorite stories in wine. To keep it simple, I will leave out the politics and just tell the story–because trust me, there were plenty of politics involved.

It all started in Tuscany Italy, where strict wine laws dictated what grapes could grow where, and what wines could be made from such grapes. If wines did not abide by these rules they could only be labeled as “table wine” and could not include location details for the grapes or wine. For example, if the grapes did not meet the rules of the Chianti region (a wine region in Tuscany), then the wine would have to say “table wine” and not “Chianti”.

Wines that met theses strict laws often made for more expensive wines because of the extra labor time and the extra efforts made in the vineyards to produce higher quality grapes. In the late 1970s, really good American wines began to hit the market and many were a great bang for your buck.

Other wine regions were popping up all over the new world and quality wines for a lower price began to threaten the Italian wine market.

So the demand for less expensive wines was very high. The problem in Tuscany was that if they tried to mass produce wines while abiding by the rules, they would have to cut corners in the winemaking process, making cheap wine that was, frankly, just awful.

So a band of rebels separated from the group (and the rules) to make great wines at a great price and accepted the “table wine” label for the sake of the “bang for your buck” movement.

Legend has it that these Italian table wines–once made only from Sangiovese and other Italian grapes, but now including French varietals like Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon–made their way to several tasting competitions around France and America.

They were excellent wines and the media could not bear to call them “table wine” so one legend says that the great Robert Parker tasted the new style of Tuscan Table wine and exclaimed, “This is not table wine, this is Super Tuscan wine.”

Whether that story is true of not, the name has stuck. The name and the wine hit the market hard in the 1980s and it made such an impact on the Italian and international wine markets that by 1993 Italian wine laws had changed to allow these Super Tuscans to bear the label “Tuscana IGT” (Indicazione Geografica Tipica, Tuscana).

So check out the Super Tuscan legend and see for yourself what all the hype was about. Below are a few other Super Tuscans that we have reviewed. Check them out! Cheers! Eric Tansey, CSW, Sommelier

Villa Puccini Toscanna red 2011 IGT $12-$14

Bacci Inveitro Renierr 2011 $16-$20