A Bay Area born homage to the Super Tuscan, the 2010 Rock Wall Super Alamedan is a classic blend of Sangiovese, Montepulciano, and Cabernet Sauvignon with a touch of Zin.
Super Tuscans came about in the late '60s when a few Italian rebels decided to add Bordeaux varietals to Chianti to give them a bit more richness. The resulting wine had great fruit, structure and acid and quickly won the hearts of wine drinkers worldwide. With the Super Alamedan, winemaker Shauna carefully selected fruit from throughout Contra Costa County, which is known for its black tea and tobacco characteristics, and added a dash of Cab from Yountville for extra juiciness.
Check out our interview with winemaker Shauna Rosenblum here.
Cigar tobacco, strawberry, ripe tomato & black tea
The Super Alamedan is a blend of Sangiovese, Montepulciano,
Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel from around California. This
melange is inspired by a ‘super’ blend done in a specific region
in a boot shaped country. Using this traditional blending concept,
this amalgamation uses Cabernet Sauvignon to enhance
the richness of the wine, and since this is a California wine,
we also added Zinfandel to fill out the backside of this unique
The Sangiovese and Montepulciano are from the Isabella Francesca
Vineyard in Contra Costa County, and are surrounded by
cherry trees and strawberry fields.
The Zinfandel comes from 122-year old vines also from Contra
Costa County which have that wonderfully gritty CoCo County
terroir flavor profile.
The beautiful Cabernet is from Holbrook Mitchell’s vineyard
just short of Yountville, and lends a beautiful juicyness to the
These varietals were all fermented independently to showcase
their individual flavor and aroma profiles. All were fermented
in macro bins, cold soaked and pressed off into about 20% new
oak. We blended them together about two months before bottling.
This distinct fusion has intense aromas and flavors of cigar
tobacco, plum, strawberry, candied apple, ripe red tomato, dried
black tea leaves and rose petals.