The Maremma rose to prominence in the 1960s when Sassicaia brought the area’s potential to the wine world’s notice. In fact, wine had been produced on the hills surrounding the Maremma for centuries but Sassicaia was the first to experiment with Bordelais varietals (and the first to plant vines on the recently drained coastal plain).
Some 150 kms farther south the vineyards surrounding Scansano predate the more fashionable DOCs of Bolgheri and Val di Cornia by many centuries. Terre di Talamo is located in the heart of the Morellino DOCG on a south and east-facing hill with direct maritime exposure. Compared with Chianti or Brunello the days are cooler, nights warmer, and Sangiovese ripens that bit quicker. Vintage variation is less acute and the tannins are softer. The Morellino is a fantastic effort that reflects the vineyards’ coming of age and ideal conditions at harvest. Silky and sun-kissed it sports blackberry and cherry on the nose with a hint of oak and forgiving tannins. It's one of the best value wines on the list.