2013 Ghiaccio Forte Morellino Di Scansano Passero

"Ruby red with light shades of purple. Complex nose with hints of crunchy blackberries, raspberries and elegant touches of sweet spices, closing on a balsamic note; in the mouth it has great personality with a softness diluted by a good acidity and delicate tannin. Intense finish with a fruity ending. It is the ideal partner for charcuterie, pasta and rice dishes with meat, for all red and white meats and for semi-mature cheeses. The combination of altitude, south-western exposure, and rich volcanic soil create in Scansano one of Italy’s most unique micro climates. This town, founded at the time of the Etruscans, developed in the middle ages into an important civic center. It is recognized around the world for its Morellino di Scansano wine. The area, notable for its unspoiled nature and arid hills, lies 150 meters above sea level only 20 kilometers from the Tyrrhenian Sea. Situated on a hilltop in the southernmost section of Morellino di Scansano, the estate of Ghiaccio Forte bears a heritage formidable both in viniculture and in the historical patrimony of the region. Ghiaccio Forte inherits a wine making tradition that has been the soul of this land for over two millennia. It is named after the ancient Etruscan settlement whose center lay only a few kilometers from what is now the estate’s cellars. The property is a total of 60 hectares of which 25 hectares are planted with vineyards, which are cared for using sustainable agricultural practices. The winery produces two Morellino di Scansano's; Vigna del Passero which is a youthful and approachable wine, and the venerable Ghiaccio Forte which is the maximum expression of this land and serves as a testament to the structure and age-worthiness of wines from this region." - Winery [+]