The Cecchi’s are on a roll. There’s no clearer way to say it and there’s no denying it. Whether it’s Cecchi Coevo, Villa Cerna Chianti Classico Riserva, or Cecchi Famiglia Riserva, the wines are garnering consistent Tre Bicchieri awards and there doesn’t appear to be any end in sight. And to this writer, I can tell you with absolute certainty, there is no lack of will, passion, or determination in the Cecchi brothers that would indicate they are anywhere near the finish line.
Today we’re spotlighting a wine from the family’s estate in Maremma, “La Mora”. In a somewhat surprising discovery, I realized I had never tried this wine. Then, I realized why. 2011 is the first vintage released!
Sourced from vines about 150 meters above sea level near the Mediterranean coast, the grapes that comprise this Riserva are hand selected and poured over for perfection. Fermented in stainless steel, the wine is then aged in barrique for 12 months and then held in bottle at least 6 months before release.
The 2011 La Mora Morellino di Scansano Riserva is a deep, dark purplish red color in the glass. The wine was not decanted, but did not seem to suffer for it in the least. The nose is explosive with wild berries, fresh tobacco leaf, spices and slight mocha. On the palate, the wine is absolutely delicious. Loads of ripe, velvety, elegant red berries seemingly coat the palate. There is a lovely hint of licorice and an ever so faint sliver of vanilla on the finish. The balance is there and while there is plenty of acid to keep this lively and fresh, the tannins are so well integrated that this drinks very well right now. The slightly warmer year also contributes to that sensation. We loved this and it’s an excellent value around $25 retail. This bottle was purchased from our friends at Zero Otto Nove down in Manhattan and it perfectly complimented Radiatori Pasta with Porcini cooked in Cartoccio. 93 points.
|~ This Morellino Riserva is 90% Sangiovese and 10% Cabernet ~