Mocali Morellino di Scansano 2012
Morellino di Scansano is an Italian red wine made in the hilly environs of the village of Scansano, in the Maremma region of coastal Tuscany. The name may come from the morello cherry, a dark red cherry with great tartness and acidity. The Mocali estate is a natural Tuscan beauty – the vineyards and olive groves alternate with oak and pine forests.
Morellino is made from at least 85% Sangiovese; this wine has an unusual combination of 85% Sangiovese, 12% Malvasia and 3% Alicante. It is aged for 10 months in French oak barrels, then aged in the bottle for 12 months before release.
This was one of the great surprises of the tasting. Although not the overall best of the evening, the Mocali Morellino di Scansano had an average score of 4.09, with 6 people saying it was the best of the evening (including Mr. Serious Foodie). One taster rated it “2”, but most liked this wine, and rated it 4 to 5. It has balanced acidity, a fragrant aroma with lots of red berry, and a long lasting flavor of cherry. We enjoyed this wine on its own, and with the pizza and pasta served during the evening.
Source: Central Liquors, Flemington, NJ (See Jim for more info), and was purchased for $15 – clearly one of the bargain wines of the evening.