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Expert Picks: Le Mortelle and Le Mortelle

Posted on | February 22, 2016 | Written by Garrett Kowalsky | No Comments

Garrett_8.6.14_72dpiPart of what make working at Italian Wine Merchants fun is discovering little-known or hard-to-find houses that Sergio has developed relationships with in Italy. Recently, we received three wines in from one such estate: Le Mortelle. While this Maremma estate flies the flag of the Antinori family, IWM is the only US retailer that carries them. We had the opportunity to pop open all three of the estate’s recent selections last week, and the team was enamored. In fact, Le Mortelle’s white wine is already sold out! Have no fear though; the two very beautiful and very different reds are still available.

Le Mortelle 2012 Botrosecco Maremma Toscana IGT $26.99

A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Cabernet Franc, this wine bursts from the glass with bright red fruit and a verve that tickles the palate. This wine is the quintessential crowd pleaser—neither too delicate nor too complex, it’s a superb value. Drink it now and drink it often; this is a party wine for any Super-Tuscan lovers out there. Drink until 2018.

Le Mortelle 2011 Poggio alle Nane Maremma Toscana IGT $74.99

The Poggio alle Nane flips the blend on its head from the previous selection with 80% Cab Franc and 20% Cab Sauv. Green pepper and herbs are the first aromas that hit, but more juicy and savory notes follow in this decidedly large and serious bottling. Dark and brambly fruit underline this complex offering. Drink 2017 to 2024.

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