Morellino di Scansano

A Sangiovese Secret





2008 Azienda S. Lucia, Torre del Moro Morellino di Scansano $14

Starts off with a nice complimentary balance of dusty dried black cherry and underbrush on the nose with sage, and a hint of orange rind. There’s a nice full weight/texture on the palate, which is fairly big in character, with black berry flavors and black cherry as well. The balance is excellent. Later notes of eucalyptus show in the nose, with a bit of tomato juice on the palate. Generally very nice and complete, although there is not much finesse on the finish. 89 Points

2009 AgriMaremma "Vivesco" Morellino di Scansano

Red cherry skins on the nose, without much else. There is a metallic note at first on the palate that eventually fades, leaving lean red cherry flavors and minerals. A bit disjointed, with quite a bit of minerality on the finish. Perhaps a bad bottle, but no particular damage characteristics noted. 100% Sangiovese 80 Points

2010 Pietramora, Morellino di Scansano 14.5% ABV $18

Dense black cherry, a hint of violets, and a little funk at first on the nose. Mouthwatering, and a little chewy on the palate, with a smooth texture (yes, chewy and smooth) and big flavors of black cherry skins and blackberry. Notes of aromatic wood and charred wood float about on the palate. Overall this wine is big and solid, but not in a ripe or unbalanced way. Later, the funk turns into pleasant earth and forest floor aromas. Nice texture and moderate grip on the finish. Straightforward and satisfying. This wine spends seven months in French oak and three more in bottle before release. 85% Sangiovese, 15% Merlot. 89 Points

2009 Terenzi Riserva  Morellino di Scansano 14.5% ABV $18


Elegant nose of leather, tobacco, dried red cherry, dried flowers and soft perfume notes. The palate has a bit of softness at first, with pretty fruit: lean black and red cherry that has a clean and fresh quality about it. The finish is long and rustic, with plenty of grip and lingering notes of charred sandalwood and leather. This is a serious approach to Morellino that seems capable of development over time. 90 Points

2010 Querciarossa, "Rinaldone dell’Osa" Morellino di Scansano 13% ABV $12

Unusual, compact nose with interesting outdoorsy aromas, underbrush, seashells and a bit of herbaceousness. The palate shows nice red cherry and raspberry fruit that is slightly sweet, supported by good acidity. The texture is soft and velvety. The palate is more pronounced than the nose, which is a bit subdued. On the finish the tannins show themselves with a satisfying grip. 88 Points


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  • Snooth User: joeytheg
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    why don't you have print options (no ads, etc) for your articles? you got FB and tweet and lots of bs, but no simple "print".

    May 03, 2013 at 4:23 PM


  • If you right click, you'll see a Print function which gives you the article without advertising

    May 03, 2013 at 8:17 PM


  • Snooth User: EMark
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    Bob, I had never heard of Morellino di Scansano. So, thank you very much for the informative article.

    Now the question is, "Can I find in in retail stores out here in the remote provinces?"

    May 03, 2013 at 8:33 PM


  • Snooth User: vino in love
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    Morellino di Scansano is a hit and miss. Some flops but also some very good wines.
    In general, the Maremma is home to outstanding wines..

    May 03, 2013 at 9:52 PM


  • Snooth User: Bob Fyke
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    Mark, I will see what I can find out for you and get back. We are speaking of Canada here, correct?

    May 04, 2013 at 7:50 AM


  • Snooth User: EMark
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    Sorry Bob. You don't know me. You have to take 95% of my comments with a very large grain of salt.

    I'm in California--specifically, the east side of Los Angeles County. So, the fact of the matter is I do have access to multiple retailers--both high-volume multi-location companies and also, higher-end wine-specific providers. I had just never heard of Morellino di Scansano, and, so, I, obviously, do not ever recall seeing it in the stores that I frequent. Let me try harder.

    One of the reasons I hang out a lot here at Snooth is to learn. Your article proves that I have a lot to learn, and Snooth is a great learning facility.

    May 04, 2013 at 3:58 PM


  • Snooth User: Bob Fyke
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    LOL Mark. I read "remote provinces", and flashed right back to a drive I did from New York to Alaska, via Canada, and ruled out any possibility of simile. Funny. Just in case someone is wondering, Morellino di Scansano is fairly well distributed in Canada.

    I'm not surprised you had not heard of it before, it seems to fly under the radar. That really was part of my motivation for writing this article. In California, try Total wines, they carry a number of Morellinos, including some of the wines I reviewed in the article. Thanks for the comment about learning here at Snooth and about my article. We will always have a lot to learn about wine; it never stops. That's one of the things that's so great about it.

    May 04, 2013 at 10:40 PM


  • Snooth User: EMark
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    Thanks, Bob. There is a Total Wine store that is convenient to me. The last time I was there, about 10 days ago, I did pick up some Italian wines, but, like I say, do not recall seeing this. The next time I go there, I'll specifically look for it.

    May 05, 2013 at 10:29 AM


  • Snooth User: Mart P
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    Bob - I am on my way to visit the Maremma area and Scansano in particular. Thanks much for the article and reviews. The first comment (from joeytheg) reflects my own thoughts as well. A right click allows me to print the page view with ads and comments but I can't find a way to print out the entire article and just the article.

    Any suggestions for a winery visit?, an experience not to be missed?, special people to meet? I live in the Langhe Roero area in Piemonte and would be happy to return the favor if you can provide some local insights.

    Thanks in advance.

    Dec 01, 2013 at 9:05 AM


  • Snooth User: Bob Fyke
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    Hi Mark. Thanks so much for your interest. Regarding the inability to print articles, I feel your pain. I am not part of the technical team at Snooth, but I will absolutely pass your inquiry on to them. I agree that it would make the articles more useful to everyone if they could be easily printed in full.
    Regarding recommendations, I am working with representatives of the Consorzio and waiting for their reply. Drop me an e mail, and I will send you our recommendations, etc. Have fun! brunellobob@gmail.com

    Dec 03, 2013 at 8:39 PM


  • Snooth User: Bob Fyke
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    For anyone visiting, here are some great recommendations from a friend in the Morellino di Scansano area:

    Concerning wineries, there’s a good number of them than you can actually visit and a have a wine taste:
    Fattoria Mantellassi, Fattoria le Pupille, Tenuta Ammiraglia, Cantina Cooperativa, among those considered “big”.
    Amongst the “medium” and “family” wineries, Terenzi, Massi di Mandorlaia, Santa Lucia, Provveditore, Fattoria di Magliano, Col di Bacche, Poggio Argentiera, Podere 414, La Selva, Roccapesta, just to name a few of them. You can contact the Consorzio for a map of the area with a (nearly) complete list of Morellino di Scansano wineries, description and contacts.

    Concerning other places of interest, I would suggest a bath at the Saturnia thermal spring, any time of the year, and, in summer of course, a dive in the nearby sea, in places such as Talamone, Ansedonia, Castiglion della Pescaia.

    A walk through the “Vie Cave”, an impressive road network linking an Etruscan necropolis and various settlements in the area between Sovana and Pitigliano, consisting of trenches excavated as cliffs in tuff.

    A visit at Pitigliano and Sovana, cities completely built on tuff.
    Also a hike at the National Natural Park of Alberese, aka Parco dell’Uccellina, could be interesting, with plenty of wildlife, beaches, and good local products at the Agricola Alberese (also Morellino producer).

    Then comes the food stuff. Some good traditional restaurants: La Cantina (Scansano), Verdiana (Montemerano), I due Cippi (Saturnia); if in search of Michelin stars you can grab them at the restaurant inside the “Terme di Saturnia” (Saturnia), da Caino (Montemerano), il Pellicano (Porto Ercole).




    Dec 05, 2013 at 4:00 PM


  • Snooth User: Mart P
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    I would definitely add a visit to Sassotondo, just outside of Pitigliano to the list of To Do's. Carla and Edoardo are off the beaten track and a call ahead of time to make arrangements is advised, but it is inspiring what they have developed over the past several years. 'Organic' may or may not be fully applicable (I'm not sure) but they pay a lot of attention to helping nature do its best work - 'biodynamic'. The San Lorenzo Ciliegiolo 2010 nearly brought tears to my eyes at first whiff. The Ciliegiolo 'base' is also a great wine and at a price that makes it accessible for everyday drinking. Carla has clearly found her calling. That visit was the highlight of our trip to the Maremma.

    Jan 03, 2014 at 10:59 AM


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