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Go-To-Wine Tuesday (Forgive Us, Wednesday)

Posted on | December 22, 2010 | Written by Kathy Rushforth | No Comments

So there’s no question that Le Pupille’s Morellino di Scansano 2007 is value wine at $12.00. That said, it’s a value wine that would benefit from cellaring (at least three years) or some serious decanting.

My good friend Arthur and I enjoyed this wine several nights ago. We opened the bottle merely to assess it, but we soon found that we needed food to do it properly. The wine displayed a rustic quality and an overly assertive herbal quality. The wine was initially tight on opening but offered hints of dark fruits, bitter green vegetal notes and a noticeable saline quality. It was, let’s face it, a little off-putting.

However, a day after opening, the wine’s flavors seemed to have integrated. The “green” aspects had retreated (although they hadn’t entirely disappeared). The generic dark fruit flavors that were in the background upon opening had blessedly moved to the front. In fact, these flavors had become focused and emerged from dark fruit into cherry flavors, which is common in wines from Maremma. The wine initially had this strange saline aspect—something you see a lot more often in white than red—but it too had retreated, accenting the wine’s cherry flavors.

They say that you only have one chance to give a first impression, but Le Pupille’s Morellino di Scansano redeemed itself after a rather unpleasant first taste. It’s a pretty, charming wine, served best on a second day, definitely with food, maybe with yummy leftover Christmas ham.

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