Cantina Vignaioli Scansano- Morellino di Scansano Roggiano DOCG 2017

Vibrant ruby colour with bright clarity, vivid aromas of dark fruit and spices with floral nuances, notes of blackberry, raspberry, cassis and violets with spicy black pepper, intense berry flavours on the palate giving the wine a soft fullness balanced by fresh acidity and smooth tannins with a peppery finish.

Food Pairings: Given the wines vibrant character, it would pair well with rich flavours such as sauces and marinates. However, the dish should not be too heavy as to not overpower the soft mouthfeel of the wine. Some suggestions include spaghetti alla bolognese, glazed pork tenderloin or BBQ ribs.

Cantina Vignaioli Scansano is a cooperative winery in the Maremma region of Tuscany, Italy. It was founded in 1972 and since then has been focused on creating high-quality wines that reflect the territory including Morellino di Scansano DOCG from Sangiovese and Alicante grapes, as well as a red wine from Ciliegiolo and a white from Trebbiano and Chardonnay. Their vineyards are over 700 hectares on the hills of Scansano with about 300 hectares for each member. These small plots enable members to grow the grapes with attentiveness and care before they are selected in the winery and fermented separately for the base wine.

The costal area of Maremma was once a swampland with a few villages, such as Scansano, on the hill tops. It wasn’t until the 50’s that the land was reclaimed and its potential for creating wines of personality and character was discovered. The hot, dry climate mitigated by the nearby sea together with a mix of sandy, silt and clay soils are ideal conditions for the Sangiovese grape, known locally as “Morellino”, producing potent, fruit forward wines characterised by aromas of forest fruit, cherry, plum and spices. The name “Morellino” is believed to be inspired by the “Morelli” (black horses) traditionally ridden by “butteri” (local cowboys).

To find out more about the winery visit their website: https://www.vignaiolidiscansano.it/en/

15 Comments

  1. That’s a beautiful piece of artwork you’ve created for this wine Danell, quite minimalist without being “cluttered” with too many of the aromas and tastes you describe. I’m a big fan of wine cooperatives but have only experienced them in France and have never found a bad one yet. Their staff are so friendly, knowledgeable and passionate about the wines, the cooperative growers, and the vineyards from which the grapes are brought to the winery. But I have never met any of the winemakers or growers as I have in the usual vigneron visits. I certainly hope I can visit some in Italy …….. one day!

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    1. Thank you! I’m trying to evolve 😅 this wine was vibrant but not opulent so I was going for something minimalist to express the quality of my experience rather than representing the individual aromas. I guess cooperatives can sometimes get a bad rap for not being “the real thing”, but like you I’ve mostly had positive experiences tasting their wines, especially in northern Italy. Haven’t had the chance to visit one yet, but it’s on the list!

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  2. That sounds like quite a shift, but finding ways to “express your experience” rather than individual aromas etc sounds right up my street 😂. You really do need to get that Wines of Gala book where Dalí expresses his preference for wines in terms of mood and emotion, then paints something to match. I know it’s expensive, but maybe see it in a bookshop first to see if it adds any learning for you. And …… your address?

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    1. Yes, I’ve become very interested in the aesthetic experience of wine! I always have been in a way, now I’m reading about aesthetics it’s like I’ve found a hidden clue, blog posts to come! I know I would really enjoy the Wines of Gala book, just got distracted on my last Amazon purchase, but I’m building up to it. By the way, nice find, Roger Scruton wrote “Beauty: A very short introduction”. I’m meaning to read that, you might find it interesting as well. You’re right, forgot to send my address 🤦‍♀️

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      1. Sir Roger was a real hero of mine, I miss his articles and comments. I have all three formats of I Drink Therefore I Am which has bits of his other works but now focused on wine. I will take a look at the Beauty book …… thanks. And I did buy Room With A View but not started to read it yet, hence my lack of comments

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      2. I’ve bought I Drink Therefore I Am but not read it yet. Looking forward to it! The “A Very Short Introduction” series has a lot of interesting stuff. Maybe hold off on reading my posts about A Room With A View as I’ve given away quite a lot of the book. Let me know what you think of it!

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