A perfect partner for pizza, the cheap and tasty Grifone 1967 Toscana from Trader Joe's.
This wine is available for $5.99 exclusively at Trader Joe's. It is imported by Latitude Wines.
In 1967, one year before I was born and two years before Woodstock and the first Moon-walking, my uncle Giorgio blended the first Toscana using a special ageing method that is still used today in our Grifone cellar to obtain a fruity, soft and smooth Sangiovese based "Supertuscan" from grapes selected on the Tyrrhenian coastal vineyards.
You gotta love those cheap Italian red wines at Trader Joe's. Today we're revisiting one we haven't tried since the 2009 vintage. Let's see how it tastes.
The 2014 Grifone 1967 Toscana, is named after the year winemakers first blended a Super Tuscan. (1967 is not the vintage!)
The aroma is a bit shy at first, but cranberry and other dark berry fruits, black pepper and a bit of spice reveal themselves with time in the glass.
Tasting the wine reveals it to be smooth, a bit fruity and easy to drink but also quite simple. It features similar flavors to the nose with some added spice notes and a little earth and leather in the mouth. It's a bit disjointed when it's first popped and poured but it comes together nicely with some air.
It ends with a dry, decent length finish.