Monday, June 20, 2011

Spirit of Wine Review & Rating: **+ $ Le Preselle Morellino di Scansano, Italy, 2006

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By way of background: Wow. Le Preselle Morellino di Scansano. The name of the wine itself is definitely a mouthful. We'll need to see if the wine itself delivers. This is made from a clone of the well-known Italian grape, Sangiovese, a lesser-known grape called Morellino. This one is grown in a moderate Mediterranean climate near the Tuscan coast, close to the town of Scansano.

Original review, October, 2009:

In the glass: Le Preselle Morellino di Scansano, 2006, is medium red throughout the glass.

On the nose: Intense, over-ripe red berry notes. Almost funky over-ripe.

On the palate: Solid opening in the mid-palate, with even, round, though somewhat meek berry. Acids follow-on, bringing a touch of raspberry to your upper cheeks.

And the finish: Finishes in an acid-toned flush, washing the prior sip quite quickly away. Clean.

In summary: Better wine with food than alone, given the acid tone throughout. Two stars on the Spirit of Wine scale, because I'm not drawn to another bottle, but a plus because of its solid character as a middle-weight . No need to age. Decent value.

Updated review, over a year and a half later, June, 2011:   Morellino de Scansano remains medium red in the glass, though opaque from about a half inch in from the edge.  The nose has moved from overripe berries all the way to milk chocolate.  Intriguing.  Ripe plum and prune flavors are the first notes on the palate.  Simple but clean and friendly.  Acids have mellowed. Following long decant, three days kept cool in partially-filled bottle:  Muddled red fruit on the nose.  Consistent palate. 

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