This Morellino is a blend of 85 percent Sangiovese and 15 percent Ciliegiolo grown in the Tuscan Maremma not far from the Mediterranean. The soils are old schist called locally galestro, and farming is sustainable but not organic. The fruit was vinified with cultured yeast and aged for ten months, half in used French barriques and tonneaux and half in large cement tanks.
It’s a youthful ruby color and smells youthful, too, offering a sense of washed linen and tart cherry fruit. The palate is tight, cherry-steeped but drying and finishes with a blaze of red acidity. In other words, this wine is just as you expect from a young Sangiovese not treated to new oak: simple refreshment good with a range of Mediterranean fare. Give it some air.
2017 Poliziano Lohsa Morellino di Scansano DOCG
14.5% abv | $16 (sample); Imported by Dalla Terra