Morellino di Scansano literally translates to the Morellino grape grown in Scansano. It has only been in the last 20 years that this wine received any attention. It's hard to believe when you taste it.
The grape is Sangiovese. Yes, it's called Morellino in Scansano, and that may be part of the reason for its slow insurgence. Maybe if it had been called Sangiovese, it would have been a lot more popular a lot sooner, but no matter. It has certainly earned its reputation today.
Our selection is located in a sub-region of Tuscany called the Maremma. It has existed as long as Chianti, but until recently didn't get the same respect. That has changed rather dramatically and one of the reasons is Poggio Maestrino and their parent company, Tenute Cali.
The area was granted DOCG status in 2007, which is the highest honor there is in Italian wines and has become a fast favorite. Maestrino was one of the first producers here to bottle vineyard designated wines. They wanted to show the world how apart they were from the others and the world noticed. In this case the Spiaggiole Vineyard is proudly stated.
While there may be some inference to Chianti in Morellino, there are also differences. These wines are bolder, denser and more extracted. The ripe cherry and earth tones are elevated, and the tannic structure provides the master touch to have with ripe cheeses, lamb stew or roast pork.