2016 Mocali ‘Suberli’ Morellino di Scansano
Made From: Sangiovese
Tastes Like: Crushed Berries, Peppery Spice, Dried Herbs, Tobacco
For any lover of the bold, concentrated Tuscan reds – especially those produced in Brunello – Morellino di Scansano is a must-try. It offers the same dense, dark fruit flavors, nuanced earth tones, and mouth-filling tannins, all at a fraction of the price!
When grape grower Dino Ciacci helped to found the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino back in 1967, he set the stage for the rise of one of Tuscany’s most popular (and most expensive) styles of wine. So when his grandson Tiziano Ciacci took over the vineyards in 1990, it was only natural that he would continue his family’s tradition of innovation and adventure. So Tiziano set his sights on finding that next breakthrough region – an area which, like Montalcino, was way underappreciated despite the quality of wines it’s producing. In 2001 he took a leap of faith and bought a small 20 hectare plot in coastal Maremma, in a picturesque Tuscan village called Scansano.
Just like Montalcino, Scansano has staked its reputation on a specific clone of Sangiovese, known locally as Morellino. The town benefits from warm days that are balanced by cooling Mediterranean breezes, allowing grapes to ripen beautifully while retaining their all-important acidity. Compared to more inland areas of Tuscany, these vineyards produce plumper, juicier fruit with bold and silky textures, underpinned by unique savory flavors from the local volcanic soils. In a word: these wines are downright delicious.
Tiziano’s gamble has already started to pay off: in 2007, Scansano was elevated to DOCG status (the designation of highest quality Italian wines). But like Brunello, the true value of Morellino likely won’t be realized for a few decades. And for us, that’s very good news. It means that we can experience concentrated, luxurious wines like the 2016 Mocali ‘Suberli’ Morellino di Scansano for a fraction of the price of Brunello!
“Attractive aromas of tobacco, cherries and hints of dried lavender following through to a medium body. Firm and silky tannins and a flavorful finish. A serious Morellino.” – 91 Points, James Suckling