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