Morellino di Scansano is the quintessential wine of Tuscany’s Maremma region, and currently the drink of choice at Rome’s upstart enoteche. Morellino is an enticing, voluptuous wine, yet never heavy. A true pleasure to drink, and a crime to overthink.
A bright, robust blend of 85% Sangiovese and 15% Ciliegiolo (a varietal with the Italian name for “cherry”, undergoing something of a renaissance in central Italy). The region’s climate is somewhat Mediterranean, resulting in wines with soft tannins, ripe red fruit flavour, and subtle herbal-earth notes. The spirit of Morellino is easy, carefree, exuberant, and fresh – ready to pair with tagliatelle al ragu, game, mushrooms with thyme, or grilled pork sausage.
“A soft and fruity red with lots of plum and berry character. Irony. Medium body, lots of fruit and spice. Mineral. Real Morellino. Drink Now.”
90 points, JamesSuckling.com, Nov 2016