There are many ways in which to fall in love with Tuscany, not the least of which is through the region’s wonderful wines—or its landscape, its people, its food, and its art.
Paladin’s example of Super Tuscan wines comes in this form. A local take on the classic Bordeaux-style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah (and sometimes Cabernet Franc), these wines were developed, in part, as a reaction to the restrictive regulations in Tuscany during the 1970s. At the time they emerged, they were considered some of the region’s best reds. Yet, somewhat ironically, they were technically table wine. In 1994, their Vino da Tavola (VdT) status was elevated to the Indicazione Geografica Tipica (IGT) denomination, which officially endowed these non-traditional wines with a premium quality rating just below the Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC), which at that time was reserved for more traditional regional wines.
The tonneau used at Paladin hold 2 to 3,000 litters. Very impressive if you compare the barrels with a normal barrique barrel. Even though Gekus is only aged for 3 months, the body that it has is quite pronounced and it is indicative of the extraction done with the grapes.
The bottle itself already shows through its weight that we are about to encounter something phenomenal, something heavy, something Super. The palate is complex and you can feel the residual sugar without it being sweet to a point of being unpleasant.
Recommended with red meat, it is traditionally very popular with pici (thick spaghetti) with meat sauce. Serve at room temperature.