BB Review: Morellino di Scansano Poggioargentiera 2016
SAME GRAPE, DIFFERENT WINE
We're rounding out our Sangiovese study with this Morellino di Scansano. Does it make us want MORE MORE MORE-llino*? Let's find out, folks!
BOTTLE: Morellino di Scansano Poggioargentiera 2016 - Italy
WHERE WE BOUGHT IT & PRICE: £11.99 (£9.99 in a mix six) from Majestic
ABV & TECH SPECS: 100% Sangiovese and 13.5% ABV
ABOUT MORELLINO DI SCANSANO: On the Southern coast of Tuscany, a scenic cross-country route leads to Scansano, a region that dramatically rises on an outcrop overlooking an impressive wooded gorge. The village is located atop a panoramic hill in the wild Maremma (which literally translates to ‘swamp’) region.
Here, Morellino is the name given to the Sangiovese grape. Opinion is divided as to where it derived, with some believing that the name Morellino comes from morello (brown), the colour of the region's horses but others state it’s from the morello cherry, a dark red cherry with great tartness and acidity.
Italians describe Morellino as the perfect table wine as it pairs perfectly with roasts and game. It also goes particularly well with Maremma cuisine, such as acquacotta (bread soup), boar scottiglia (boar stew) and maiale ubriaco (drunken pork). YUM!
CARO: This Morellino looks like some sexy lipstick a hot goth girl would wear (remember, I’m hanging this round). It smells of rich, spicy dark fruit, and is treating my tastebuds to those earthy notes I dig, alongside some bittersweet cherry notes - ever heard of Mon Chéri? That's what I'm talking about. Let’s take a sip - wow, this is a heavy punch in the face, and I can imagine how great it would pair with a bunch of mates and a campfire on a cool summer night! Add a bowl of tomato and pasta with some grated pecorino, and maybe a sunset - why not - and BOOM, perfection, right there!
ANGELA: I have to admit, Morellino di Scansano has a special place in my heart. I fell in love with the wines when I visited and even had it as my wedding red wine last year (and it was perfect with slow roasted beef!).
This one is a beautiful garnet colour and although not overly powerful on the aroma, I can pick out its inviting sweet cherry, nutmeg and a drop of violet. It tastes ‘juicy’ with only a slight grip of tannin and a warming lingering alcohol. I probably wouldn’t take too much time mulling over a glass for complexities but I’d happily sip this alongside a nibble of antipasto.
(FYI – one of my favourite memories of all time was sipping on a chestnut wood oaked Sellari Franceschini, Morello di Scansano and nibblin’ on fennel salami – heaven!)
KATE: This gorgeous purply-coloured wine lightly smells of sweet strawberries and raspberries covered in a fine layer of chalk. And though the juicy fruitiness is definitely apparent as it goes down, it also has some grippy chalky notes that make this wine call out for a delicious food pairing. Personally, I'd go low-brow and pair this wine with pizza, but if Angela wants to put on some slow roasted beef or a homemade ragu or whatever fancy deliciousness she has up her sleeve, I'd be more than happy to drink this alongside that. Please and thank you!
WOULD WE HAVE ANOTHER GLASS? MORE-llino please!
*Kate deeply apologises to all of Italy for making this joke not once, but multiple times.