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Go-To-Wine Tuesday: Le Mortelle 2012 Botrosecco Maremma Toscana

Posted on | March 15, 2016 | Written by Sean Collins | No Comments

RD8979-2What good is a nice bottle of wine without company to share it with? Visiting family this weekend, I was looking to impress with an Italian classic. After attending IWM’s North vs. South tasting last Saturday at IWM NYC, I was still in the mood for some northern hospitality, so I went with the sleek, spicy, and superb Le Mortelle 2012 Botrosecco Maremma Toscana. Being primarily from Ireland, my family typically doesn’t abide by the Mediterranean diet, but I figured a good wine could spark their interest in the region.

Hailing from the Maremma coastline near Grosseto, Le Mortelle, owned by the famed Antinori family, was once part of the larger La Badiola estate, and it gets its name from mortella, which is a type of wild myrrh that covers much of coastal Tuscany. Its characteristic fragrance and connection to old-world Italy made the shrub the perfect mascot for a traditional producer making aromatic wines. Antinori saw potential in the area and dedicated the estate to international grape varieties like Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc, while maintaining eco-friendly methods of production through organically growing its grapes. Keeping to Antinori’s diverse vision of this estate, Le Mortelle’s Botrosecco Maremma Toscana is a smooth blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Cabernet Franc aged for a year in oak barrels before release.

It is almost an understatement to say that my family and I were impressed by the 2012 Le Mortelle. It’s strikingly aromatic, rich, full, and smooth, and all seated around our dinner table exclaimed over this Antinori bottle. My family began the evening thinking that “Super Tuscan” was the title of the next Avengers film, but after trying the Le Mortelle, they were completely sold. Juicy, herby, dry, and above all spicy, this $27 go-to wine does what wine does best–it brings people together.


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