Val Delle Rose Morellino di Scansano Riserva 2007

Val delle Rose was established in 1996, in the Maremma (Tuscany) by the Cecchi family. The family has a long history in Tuscany and have in fact been making wine in nearby Chianti Classico since 1893. During the early 1990s they decided to scour Tuscany for the location of a new project. After several years of research they purchased the Val delle Rose estate and have invested a significant amount of time and money into replanting vines and modernising the winery.

The Maremma is the strip of land on the Tuscan coastline, which includes the areas of Bolgheri (famous for several Super Tuscans) and Morellino di Scansano. The latter is the Maremma’s classic area for Sangiovese; Morellino being the local name for Sangiovese and Scansano being one of the town’s within the PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) area. Val delle Rose’s vineyards are on the hillside at around 150 metres altitude, providing perfect exposure to the sun, which is in turn moderated by the cooling sea breezes.

For the Val de Rose’s 2007 vintage the Sangiovese was picked in the second half of October and was vinified in stainless steel with a 26 day fermentation with skin contact. The Riserva is then aged for 12 months in oak barriques (225 litre barrels) before being bottled, and aged for a further 10 months in bottle before being shipped.

Tasting Note Root DayRoot Day
The Morellino di Scansano Riserva has lovely layered aromas of black cherries and raspberries, which are followed by a hint of smokiness. The palate has a real bite to it with slightly dusty tannins. These tannins are balanced by a refreshing acidity and the intense flavours of ripe red fruit and cacao. The finish is long and focused.

September 2011

Val Delle Rose Morellino di Scansano Riserva 2007
Country: Italy
Region: Scansano, Tuscany
Vintage:  2007
Alcohol:  14%
Grape Variety:
Morellino (Sangiovese)
Where To Buy:
Harrods, Stone Vine & Sun, Wine-Searcher
Tags: Wine of the Week, Italy, Tuscany, Scansano, Maremma, Morellino, Val delle Rose, Red Wine