Morellino di Scansano

A Sangiovese Secret

2006 Terre di Talamo, "Tempo" Riserva, Morellino di Scansano 13.5% ABV $17

This one nicely outperforms its price tag ($16.99). Starting off with rich red and black cherry fruit on the nose, just after opening, then backing off to an elegant mix of lean black cherry, Asian spice, and light, but definite, rose petals, which persist over time in the glass. Despite the finesse, there is an impression of solidity underneath the fruit. The palate starts with a soft mouthfeel at first, and a subtle sweetness on the tip of the tongue. Next is savory, focused black cherry, with aromatic sandalwood, a nice easy bite of acidity, and powdery tannins. There's good length to the finish as the sandalwood persists, and the acid causes the mouth to water. Something about this makes me think it is lacking somewhere, but every step of the experience has distinct character, and complexity. I guess it's just the gentle touch in its style. Satisfying and complete. 91 Points

2010 Terre di Talamo, "Tempo" Morellino di Scansano 13.5% ABV $12

The dried herb notes are the first thing you notice on the nose, followed by blackberry, and a firm character. The palate shows roasted black cherry, sweet acidity, more dried herbs, and a hint of fat on the mid-palate. With time, distinct sandalwood shows up, and a hint of anise. The finish is modest, with tartness and spice. Very easy to drink. 89 Points

2009 Provveditore Bargagli, Morellino di Scansano $14

Dense dark fruit, but still rustic, with brambles, aromatic dried cherry skins and a bit of smoke. The texture is soft and pleasant, with moderate acidity blending with the lean black cherry and pronounced aromatic character. Finishes with satisfying grip and length. Aged seven months is large oak "botti," and 3 months in bottle. 100% Sangiovese. 90 Points

2008 Costa Terre di Fiori "Ventaio" Morellino di Scansano 14% ABV $25

Pretty blackberry fruit on the nose with lovely, fragrant and spicy dried herbs (sage?), with a dusty character. The palate continues the same theme with dried black fruit, dried rose petals, some allspice, good balance, and a fine-grained texture. Light- to medium-bodied, with a long finish that shows more dried herb notes. Cement tanks and bottle age only. 89 Points

2009 Costa Terre di Fiori "Ventaio" Morellino di Scansano 14% ABV $25

There is a core of dense blackberry/black cherry fruit to start on the nose, focused and solid with a suggestion of dark chocolate. The palate is nice and varied, first showing a silky texture, with grilled meats, aromatic black cherry pastry, some toast, smoke and a hint of cotton candy. Later, there is a sort of candied brambles note (sweet wood aromatics?), dried blackberry and some bacon. With all this opulence, it was surprising to not see heat on the finish. Cement tanks and bottle age only. 87 Points

2010 Vopte Ugolini Morellino di Scansano $23

Fresh red and black cherries on the nose with leather, supported by mineral and shale notes. The palate is savory and satisfying, albeit a little thin, with good baking spice, dried red cherry, incense, charred meat and sandalwood. The texture is great and chewy, with more savories and a medium length finish that reprises the grilled meat notes. 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!

    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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