The Maremma firmly marked its place on the world’s wine map in the 1960s when Sassicaia brought the area’s potential to the world’s notice. 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. Apparently it took a Bordeaux me-too to convince the critics of the region’s potential.
Scansano boasted vineyards centuries before the more fashionable DOCs of Bolgheri and Val di Cornia gained their Parker stripes and Terre di Talamo celebrates this history. It’s 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; it’s silky and sun-kissed and wears its blackberry and cherry heart on its sleeve. With a hint of oak and forgiving tannins it's one of the best value wines on the list.
Morellino di Scansano DOCG 'Tempo'