On the Road with the Grape Guy

On the Road with the Grape Guy is a on-going feature that follows me from event to event ... I post my thoughts, feelings and reviews of what happened and what I tasted ... basically it is here that I review the events I attend and the things that thrilled me.

Report From : Chianti Lovers 2020 - Tutela Morellino di Scansano

10 Apr 2020

(February 16, 2020) … TUSCANY – This year, as in the past I broke down the Chianti Lovers tasting into two sections. First there is the main Chianti Lovers Tasting (you can find it in this link) and then there is this special off-shoot tasting for Tutela Morellino di Scansano – a 37 wine addition, complete with its own booklet, map, etc. wines were comprised of the 2019 and the 2017 Riservas.

Morellino di Scansano was given DOC status in 1978 and was upgraded to DOCG in 2006 – the grape variety should come as no surprise, Sangiovese (85%), which is locally referred to as “Morellino” (from morello meaning “little dark one” – could be in reference to a local horse or a local cherry … the jury is still out on this.)

Scansano is about a 25km area located in the southern part of Tuscany and because of this location can ripen their version of Sangiovese more fully. There are also other terroir differences that relate to soil and climate.

For those who have been following my anteprima notes you’ll know I only score finished wines, but also implement a Good / Better / Best approach to the wines I taste: considering that many of these wines not see the market in which I live (Ontario/Canada), my guide is a recommendation for those if they should ever cross your path or come onto your radar. Those looking for scored wines can find them at the very bottom of this report.


Good Potential

Bruni 2019 Morellino di Scansano DOCGMorellino Banner 1
Cantina LaSelva 2019 Morellino di Scansano DOCG
Fattoria di Magliano 2019 Morellino di Scansano DOCG
Fattoria Le Pupille 2019 Morellino di Scansano DOCG
I Cavallini 2019 Morellino di Scansano DOCG
Mantellassi 2019 Morellino di Scansano DOCG “Mentore”
Morisfarms 2017 Morellino di Scansano DOCG Riserva
Terenzi 2017 Morellino di Scansano DOCG Riserva
Val Toro 2019 Morellino di Scansano DOCG


Better Potential

Morellino Banner 2Alberto Motta 2017 Morellino di Scansano DOCG Riserva
Poggio Trevvalle 2019 Morellino di Scansano DOCG
Tenuta Pietramora 2019 Morellino di Scansano DOCG “Brumaio”
Tenuta Pietramora 2019 Morellino di Scansano DOCG “Petramora”
Val delle Rose – Famiglia Cecchi 2019 Morellino di Scansano DOCG

 


Finished Wines Scored ...

Bruni 2017 Morellino di Scansano DOCG Riserva … (*** ½)
Cantina LaSelva Morellino di Scansano DOCG Riserva … (*** ½+)
Vignaioli del Morellino di Scansano Morellino di Scansano DOCG Riserva “Sicomoro” … (*** ½)

 

 

Report from : Chianti Lovers Anteprima 2020

10 Apr 2020

(February 16, 2020) ... TUSCANY – The Chianti Lovers tasting is a fairly large tasting of wines (200+) from throughout the Tuscany area that do not qualify under the Classico designation.  This year we find wines from the 2019 vintage, but no further back than the 2017 (usually comprises the Riserva wines) – there is also a smattering of 2018 wines as well. All are DOCG wines, so the highest status offered by the region.

Chianti Lovers ListAs a rule I do not score unfinished wines (aka: barrel samples), too much can go wrong between barrel and bottle that can compromise or otherwise change the wine … if that happens that score from a barrel sample can come back to bite me in the derriere especially if the finished wine isn’t as I perceived it from barrel – so I have just stopped the practice all together. Instead I use a Good / Better / Best approach which has served me well over countless antiprime tastings in the past. For those looking for scored wines there are a number of finished wines scored at the very bottom.

Also see my report of the Consorzio Tutela Morellino di Scansano tasting (link found here) – held at the same time and place.


Chianti BannerGood Potential

Cantina Sorelli 2019 Chianti DOCG
Cantine Terredagoli 2017 Chianti DOCG Riserva
Castello di Oliveto 2019 Chianti DOCG
Castello di Oliveto 2017 Chianti DOCG Riserva
Castelvecchio in SanCasciano Val di Pesa 2019 Chianti DOCG
Colognole 2017 Chianti Rufina DOCG Reserva
Fattoria Betti 2019 Chianti Montalbano DOCG
Fattoria Il Muro 2019 Chianti DOCG
Fattoria L’Arco 2019 Chianti DOCG
Fattoria L’Arco 2019 Chianti DOCG “Principe del Sole”
Fattoria Petriolo 2019 Chianti DOCG Governo all’uso Toscano “Rene”
La Leccia 2019 Chianti DOCG
Montaioncino 2017 Chianti DOCG Riserva
Piazzano 2017 Chianti DOCG Riserva
Poggiotondo 2019 Chianti DOCG “Casentino”
Ruffino 2019 Chianti DOCG
Sensi 2017 Chianti DOCG Riserva
Tenuta Barbadoro 2019 Chianti DOCG
Tenuta Casabianca 2019 Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG
Tenuta di Artimino 2019 Chianti Montalbano DOCG
Usiglian del Vescovo 2018 Chianti Superiore DOCG
Valdarno Superiore 2019 Chianti DOCG
Valdarno Superiore 2017 Chianti DOCG Riserva


Better PotentialChianti Banner 2

Bindi Sergardi 2019 Chianti DOCG
Cantine Leonardo da Vinci 2019 Chianti DOCG
Castello di Gabbiano 2019 Chianti DOCG
Colognole 2018 Chianti Rufina DOCG
Famiglia Cecchi 2019 Chianti DOCG
Fattoria Petriolo 2019 Chianti DOCG
La Lupinella 2019 Chianti DOCG
Piazzano 2019 Chianti DOCG
Podere Volpaia Organic e Vegan Farm 2019 Chianti DOCG
Poggio Salvi 2019 Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG
P:oggio Salvi 2017 Chianti DOCG Riserva
Salcheto 2019 Chianti DOCG
Tenuta Piccini 2017 Chianti DOCG Riserva
Tenuta Scrafana 2019 Chianti DOCG
Villa Bibbiani 2019 Chianti Montalbano DOCG


Best Potential

Il Corniale 2018 Chianti Superiore DOCG

 

 

Scored (Finished) Wines …

Castello del Trebbio 2018 Chianti Superiore DOCG … (*** ½+)
Castello Sonnino 2019 Chianti Montespertoli DOCG … (*** ½+)
Colognole 2018 Chianti Superiore DOCG … (*** ½)
Fattoria Selvapiana 2018 Chianti Rufina DOCG … (*** ½)
Fattorie Giannozzi 2019 Chianti Colli Fiorentini DOCG … (*** ½)
Ruffino 2018 Chianti Superiore DOCG … (*** ½+)
Tenuta San Vito 2019 Chianti Colli Fiorentini DOCG … (*** ½)
Torre a Cona 2019 Chianti Colli Fiorentini DOCG … (*** ½)

 

 

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