2011 Erik Banti Morellino di Scansano

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The 2011 Erik Banti Morellino di Scansano is a blend of 85% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. It features a fruity nose highlighted by violet which reverberates on the palate with a lightly tannic structure. This juicy red ready to drink and is excellent with simple pasta dishes, poultry, and soft cheeses.

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By: Kyle Kurani |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/28/2013  | Send Email
Another big hit from Banti! Mostly Sangio with a touch of Merlot to add richness, the purity of fruit and freshness is simply stunning. Bright red fruit, a touch of spice and ample texture, surprising ten dollar wine.

By: Jim Boyce |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/30/2013  | Send Email
All three Erik Banti wines stunned the whole staff with their stunning quality and ease of pairing with food. Then we learned the prices and were floored! Floral, red berry fruit, lighter weight and tanins make this a great bottle for any weeknight meal.

By: Ryan Woodhouse |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/29/2012  | Send Email
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Seriously good everyday Sangiovese from the coastal part of Tuscany in the town of Scansano. Fantastic value for everyday drinking. Bright fruit, impeccable balance, a nice savory aspect and more earthy expression than you normally get for this money. Great wines for most Tuscan fare, but perfectly quaffable solo. A fitting encore to this wines previous vintage. I think the 2011 is a little denser and darker fruited perhaps owing to the warmer growing season, but still very quaffable.
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Varietal:

Sangiovese

- The most widely planted grape in Italy is Sangiovese, a high-acid grape with moderate to high tannins, apparent earthiness and subtle fruit. It is thought to have originated in Tuscany and its name, which translates to "blood of Jove," leads historians to believe it may date all the way back to the Etruscan period, though historical mentions only go as far back as the early 1700s. Though planted all over modern Italy, the most significant wines made from Sangiovese still come from Tuscany: Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino. Sangiovese must make up 75% of a blend from the Chianti DOCG t be labeled as such, traditionally allowing for Canaiolo, Trebbiano and Malvasia for the remainder, though more recently small proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot have been allowed. In Brunello di Montalcino the wine must be made entirely of Sangiovese. Prugnolo is Montepulciano's name for Sangiovese, and it is used there for the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wines. In the DOC of Carmignano Sangiovese can be blended with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. There are also Super Tuscans, IGT wines that blend Sangiovese with large proportions of Cabernet or Merlot. Elsewhere in Italy it is a workhorse grape, though it does find some success (though not the longevity) in the Montefalco and Torgiano wines of Umbria as well as the foundation of Rosso Piceno and a significant element of Rosso Conero from the Marches. Like Nebbiolo, Sangiovese has struggled to find footing outside of Italy, though in recent years California wineries have been having better fortune with grape plantings in the Sierra Foothills/El Dorado County, as well as Sonoma County and the Central Coast.
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Italy

- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.
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Tuscany