2013 Erik Banti Morellino di Scansano

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Erik Banti's Morellino di Scansano is primarily Sangiovese with a little Merlot to flesh it out. There's so much to love about this red: its lush and inviting aromas, full and round mouthfeel, and food-friendly structure are just the beginning. Factor in the price and you've got one of the tastiest and versatile red wine values in the store! Ready to drink tonight, this juicy, mouthwatering red is an satisfying on its own, and makes a worthy complement to simple pasta dishes, poultry, and soft cheeses. A must try!

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Staff Image By: Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/25/2016 | Send Email
Plummy flavors go in a dry, resinous direction in Banti's Morellino di Scansano. There's also a hint of herb to the low-key fruit in this clean, polished entry. Moderate tannins keep the wine standing tall.

Staff Image By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/10/2016 | Send Email
This delightful and versatile little Italian red is chock-full of lush red fruits that are bright and appealing. Full and round but not over-extracted. Very, very versatile due to its bright and accessible character. A really good value!
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/30/2015 | Send Email
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I had tasted Morellino di Scansano for a couple of decades before I actually visited Scansano. Having spent a Summer on this part of the Tuscan Coast (It's OK to be jealous)the flat low lying ex-marsh didn't seem to be a zone where I thought really good wine could be made. I remember driving up through vineyard after vineyard from that coastal plain until I started to wind my way up the hill to Scansano at 1600 feet! Erik Banti's Morellino is made here and the wine shows more of an inherent freshness, delicacy and balance. Graceful on the palate, delicate layers of fruit and spice. This isn't an overpowering wine it is just a perfect accompaniment to a meal, a gracious house guest! You'll love it.
Drink from 2015 to 2018

Staff Image By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/10/2014 | Send Email
A fantastic bright and expressive wine for a bargain price. It is medium bodied with nice red fruit flavors that is soft enough to drink now. It will go well with pasta, pizza or most sandwiches.

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- 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.


- 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.


Specific Appellation:

Super Tuscan