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 Vintage2001 Label 1 of 5 
TypeRed
ProducerHunt Cellars (web)
VarietySuperTuscan Blend
DesignationRhapsody in Red Reserve
Vineyardn/a
CountryUSA
RegionCalifornia
SubRegionCentral Coast
AppellationPaso Robles
UPC Code(s)839087033010

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Drinking window: Drink between 2008 and 2012 (based on 2 user opinions)

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Community Tasting Notes (average 91.2 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 6 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by LMWS Jimmy and Rocio on 3/2/2014 & rated 91 points: Sultry and sexy at this age. Nice dark fruit and touches if earth and mushroom. (454 views)
 Tasted by boylerz1 on 12/4/2012 & rated 93 points: A great blend to pair with dinner. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed this one. It was well integrated with several different notes appearing throughout the bottle. Drink soon though as some of the tannins have started to fade away on this one. (1060 views)
 Tasted by mdkraft99 on 1/20/2012 & rated 91 points: Opened for about an hour before drinking, no decant, served with peppercorn ribeye steak. Light christmas red color, clear it is an older wine; nose- cherry, boysenberry, pencil lead; taste- similar to nose, cherry, graphite, hint of pepper; medium finish; soft tannins, very nice and ready to drink, got it for a great price so even better! Probably should drink soon if you have some. (1474 views)
 Tasted by Backdoctor on 1/15/2012 & rated 91 points: Started nicely, no burn. At first a bit tart mid palate but that went away in a matter of minutes. Nice red fruit, cherry. Fruit forward. A very nice bottle of wine with dinner.Would buy again. (1490 views)
 Tasted by bretrooks on 12/17/2010: SLO Tasting Group - Secret Santa 2010 Tasting: Not decanted, opened ~1 hour before consuming. Bordeaux blend. A spicy wine all around - allspice, nutmeg, and cloves on the nose, with italian herbs and dried cherries/plums on the palate. Extended spicy finish. I haven't had many wines like it, and I'm glad my secret santa picked up the 2003 version of this for me... (2052 views)

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SuperTuscan Blend

SuperTuscan Blend refers to wines which feature a significant Sangiovese component combined with grapes not traditionally associated with Italy like Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon. This separates it from "Sangiovese blend" which is used for wines which are predominantly Sangiovese and combined with traditional Italian varieties. There is often confusion as many wines most famous associated with the term "Super Tuscan" like Sassicaia, Masseto and Ornellaia have no Sangiovese and are properly linked to 'Red Bordeaux Blend.'

In fact, Super Tuscan was a term coined to refer specifically to wines such as Sassicaia and Tignanello. These were wines that "fell out" of the official DOCG classification of Italian wines because they either contained grapes not permitted (international varietals such as cabernet sauvignon or merlot,) were aged differently (I.e. in barrique) or were 100% sangiovese - which was not permitted at the time for Chianti (E.g. Fontodi Flaccianello.) Forced to be classified as simply "Vina di Tavola" these wines nontheless quickly found favour in international markets and comanded prices above the highest quality DOCG Chianti Classico & Brunello di Montalcino wines at the time. The wine industry and press began to refer to these wines as SuperTuscans because of their popularity and quality, but also because of the prices they commanded. Subsequently, the Italian authorities, under the Goria Law 1992, redrew the classifications, and included the category IGT (Indicazione Geografica Tipica) to classify the SuperTuscans.

USA

WineAmerica (National Association of American Wineries) | Free the Grapes!

California

California Wines (Wine Institute of California)

California is one of the most diverse wine regions in the world, with almost 100 grape varieties grown in over 100 viticultural areas, including dozens of ­different microclimates and soil types, as well as a very individualistic set of ­winemakers, many with international experience, which adds to and deepens that diversity.

Central Coast

Central Coast Wine Growers Association

ABOVE WEBSITE NO LONGER EXISTS - Following websites may provide info. for CA Central Coast wineries and organizations (valid as of March 2015):

http://www.ccwinegrowers.org/links.html
http://www.discovercaliforniawines.com/regional-wine-organizations/
http://beveragetradenetwork.com/en/btn-academy/list-of-winegrowers-association-in-central-coast-california-274.ht

Paso Robles

Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance

Set apart by unique climate and geography, Paso Robles Wine Country provides prime growing conditions for more than 40 varietals planted over 26,000 acres of vineyards. More than 170 wineries craft this fruit into premium wines, gaining recognition around the world. The fruit, the wines and the distinct environment have quickly made Paso Robles California's third largest and fastest growing wine region.

 
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