As ‘Super Tuscans’ gained international fame, a few producers strove to take their notable wineries to the next level. Houses including Tignanello, Ornellaia, and Sammarco were already legendary labels in the global wine market. But the thirst to compete with the greatest brands drove them to heights unseen in Tuscany. These producers used new techniques that resulted in super cuvées that have come to define Antinori, Ornellaia, Castello dei Rampolla, Tua Rita, and Le Macchiole.
On the evening of January30th, we will examine the most sought-after and allocated wines of these revered houses. All of the wines come directly from Babbo’s cellar. This is a rare opportunity to taste impeccably cellared examples of some of the finest Super Tuscans ever produced.
Highlights include the 2003 Antinori Solaia, the benchmark 2003 Castello dei Rampolla Vigna d’Alceo, and the monumental 2005 Tua Rita Redigaffi, along with the 2004 Le Macchiole Scrio and perhaps the rarest of all: the 2004 Ornellaia Masseto out of 3L! Inspired by the cuisine of the region, Chef Frank Langello has written a 7-course menu to complement the vintages.
Fritto di Mare
Guado al Tasso, Vermentino, Bolgheri DOC 2014
Castello dei Rampolla “Vigna d’Alceo” Toscana IGT 2003
Orecchiette con Salsiccia e Fagioli
Antinori “Solaia” Toscana IGT 2003
Pappardelle alla Lepre
Tua Rita “Redigaffi” Toscana IGT 2005
Tenuta dell’Ornellaia “Masseto” Toscana IGT 2004 en Jeroboam
Pecorino Toscano con Fichi
Le Macchiole “Scrio” Bolgheri DOC 2004
Gelato al Tartufo
Donatella Cinelli Colombini, Vin Santo del Chianti 2003
WHAT IS VINTAGE BABBO?
On select Monday evenings, we invite Italian wine lovers to join us for a special tasting menu paired with the best vintage wines from the depths of our cellar. Unlike many restaurant wine dinners, these are not distributor-sponsored events featuring “current-release” wines. The allure of Vintage Babbo is that it’s a personal expression of the restaurant; an opportunity for us to dig deep into our cellar (as much as it may sometimes hurt to see these wines leave); and an excuse to share the best of the best with our customers.