I keep telling myself to write shorter blog posts and I guess I have not been listening very well. It’s been a while since I did a little wine review here and after reading The Winegetter‘s post about the 2011 Argyle Pinot noir the other day, I realized how happy I was to be reminded of this wine. It’s one I’ve enjoyed in the past and had forgotten all about it.
So here you go. Why not a post that’s a little more “bloggy,” and a little less like a technical abstract or short story? Hopefully I’ll pull more of these out of my hat in the near future.
My friends admit to being afraid to bring “cheap” wine to my house, or serve it to me at theirs. (Don’t get me wrong; I do appreciate this.) But I always tell them, “Who cares? I’ll try it! Not everything I drink is expensive!”
I drink wine with dinner on most nights and it is not as if I can afford a high-class bottle each time. I am always looking for a bargain. Who isn’t?
Most of my collection is Italian—something you might know or have already guessed! And most of what I buy is Italian. Therefore, I am usually drinking Italian. So there is probably a lot I am not sharing with you here, huh?
>> Cringe <<
Yes it’s true.
Okay … so a couple of nights ago I opened a bottle of Morellino di Scansano—I’m not embarrassed to admit—that I bought at Trader Joe’s back in December for about $7. I was curious if it would resemble anything that I would equate with a Morellino (another name for Sangiovese, which is grown in southern Tuscany near the coast). If it was decent, I’d go get more. I love to find those “under $10” wines that are worth going back for.
Well, I have to say, this wine was a bit disappointing—even for $7.
Cala de’ Poeti Morellino di Scansano 2012. Morellino di Scansano DOCG. Sangiovese 85% minimum and 15% other red grapes grown within the region.
So on the first night, this was my description. The color is a little more on the brick side of cranberry juice. It’s clear and smells like fresh raspberries, dried cranberries, and burning pine. On the palate it resembles what you might imagine pasteurized strawberry juice to taste like. And the finish? Well, it gives me the same feeling I get when I shake someone’s limp and clammy hand. Yeah that good. And bitter too.
But the second day, lo and behold, I tried it again. Fully braced for vinegar, I was pleasantly surprised. The smells had evolved to Concord grapes and cinnamon. The palate had firmed up as well. While still a little bitter in the finish, it was a lot more drinkable the next day.
Would I buy it again? Maybe. When I first tried this wine, I wondered what the winemakers were actually doing to “make” this wine. Flipping switches and taking smoke breaks? But the next night, shockingly, it didn’t seem so bad.
Maybe next time I need a bottle for cooking, I’ll buy it again. But I’ll probably stash a glass away to try again the second day.