CECCHI VAL DELLE ROSE MORELLINO DI SCANSANO RISERVA - 2004
Made from 90% Sangiovese and 10% other complementary grape varietals. Long skin contact and temperature controlled fermentation are followed by soft pressing. Malolactic fermentation and aged for at lease one year in French oak. 13.5% alcohol.
Ruby red color with lots of charred oak, grape jam and vanilla on the nose. Cherry, plum, and blackberry dominate the palate with sweet tannins on the long, dry finish. Spice, tobacco leaf and oak flavors linger.
SCORE & RECOMMENDATION:
This is quite an intriguing bottle. There is something almost Bordeaux-like when you first pop and pour the wine, especially in the way the charred oak integrates with the black fruit. Perhaps it is the French oak doing its thing. A really nice and enjoyable Sangiovese effort that retails for around $22 a bottle.