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 shame 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.
Two Red Glasses (Finalist for Tre Bicchieri), Gambero Rosso 2017
“A fruity red with dried cherry and berry character and hints of burnt lemons. Medium body and easy. Good acidity. Sangiovese. Drink now. Made from organic grapes.”
91 points, JamesSuckling.com, Oct 2017
“Made with organically farmed fruit, the 2016 Morellino di Scansano “Bellamarsilia” does a great job of presenting the fun and cheerful side of Sangiovese. The Morellino di Scansano appellation is known for its informal and accessible expressions. This wine delivers on those promises and shows a deft winemaking approach all the while. If you are looking for a no-fuss red, you can’t go wrong here.”
88+ points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Nov 2017