Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Review: *** $$ Tomaiolo Morellino di Scansano, Tuscany, Italy, 2006

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By way of background, opening thoughts:  The name of this wine has always been intriguing to me It is from a clone of the well-known Italian grape, Sangiovese, a lesser-known grape called Morellino, grown near the Tuscan coast, close to the town of Scansano.

Original tasting and review, September, 2011: This is Tomaiolo Morellino di Scansano, Tuscany, Italy, 2006, finished at 13.5% alcohol.

In the glass: Deep red with both brick and purple highlights. 

On the nose: Poured cool and swirled vigorously, shows old-world, inverted fruit, with some helium and twigs.  From the aroma, seems like this will be bright and medium-weighted.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact soft and sweet red berries that grab your mid-palate with a mix of tannins and light acids.  Raspberry comes on as the sip subsides, leaving the deeper red berries behind.  The finish is lengthy, though light, and perfectly clean. 

In summary: Overall, a nicely balanced and poised mid-red experience that rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  It is a unique, bright style.

Following long decant, day and a half kept cool in partially opened bottle:  Sweet, deep, layered rich red currant - picking up some very interesting elements.  More aromas now than before on the palate.  This liked the air, might like even more.... let's see... Following very long decant, another couple of days:  Soft, perfumed purple fruit on the nose.  The palate has settled in to soft, ripe blackberry and hints of earth.  Remains somehow intriguing and pleasant.

Updated review, over a year later,  September, 2012:  Deep red, not opaque, in the glass.  Old world with wood elements on the nose - quite a draw.  Soft, fresh, bright red berries on the palate.  Holding its power, balance and brightness.  

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