Monday, July 5, 2010

Exploring Southern Tuscany's Morellino based Wines

It's been far to long between posts, is the thought that crossed my mind as I sat here sweltering in 95 degree heat with no air conditioning. So here goes. I've been meaning to share a successful experience with BottleKing and one of it's sales. The wine is Morellino di Scansano, Moris Farms, DOC 2006. Moris Farms vineyard is located in the village of Grosseto in Maremma, Tuscany. Maremma is located in the south western corner of Tuscany and borders the sea.

Beautiful rolling hills and valleys with temperatures moderated by the Medeterrain make is the perfect location for successful viticulture.

The main grape grown here is Morellino, a strain of the Sangiovese grape that dominates most of the Tuscan region. This particular wine that MorisFarms produced was comprised of 90% Morellino and 10% Syrah and Merlot. So on to the tasting. The wine had a light body, almost as light as a pinot. The nose was relatively tight but I did detect a hint of strawberries. The tasting was quite interesting. Started off sweet with the presences of black cherry and Strawberry but quickly faded to a distinct and powerful oak flavor (perfect for a dryhead like me). The wine was lightly tannic and the introduction of cheese quickly evaporated any tannins to create a sliky smooth experience. The overall tasting experience was quite long for a light bodied wine. At 14% alcohol, it can pack a bit of a punch but the wine was not "hot" at all. The price tag on this jewel was $13.99. I must say that I was very pleased and would rate this bottle a "4" on our scale. To me, this was the perfect summer alternative to the usually weak reds we associate with warm weather. I will definitely be returning to buy more, perhaps a case. Try it today. You won't be disappointed. Stay Cool!

If you are interested in more information on the Maremma region check out The above photos provided curteous of that site.