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Scarànto 2018

Scarànto 2018

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  • Tuscany and Central - Italy
  • 2018 - Sangiovese-based blend
  • 14.0 % Alc - 750 ml

This is our most exciting Tuscan red in years. It hails from special vineyards in the Conca d’Oro (golden conch)—a hallowed, shell-shaped slope in the heart of Chianti's famed Panzano district. Equally thrilling, those vineyards are right next door to Fontodi, whose flagship red costs over $100 a bottle. This release is so impressive, it received a perfect 100-point score from Italian critic Cosimo Dell'Anna.

Scarànto is the first solo project from the hugely talented Matteo Bernabei. He works alongside his legendary father, Franco—dubbed “Mr. Sangiovese” by the Italian press—as a consultant to some of Italy’s top estates (like the aforementioned Fontodi). See the duo below.

For this hugely acclaimed, barrel-aged Super Tuscan-blend of Sangiovese (70%) and Merlot (30%), he used the traditional governo method. After hand harvesting the fruit in September, he held back a small amount of Sangiovese grapes, air-drying them until December. Called leggermente appassito, these raisined grapes are added to the wine for a flavor-boosting secondary fermentation that brings extra richness and concentration.

Over to critic Cosimo Dell'Anna on what you can expect in the glass:

“Superb...cherry, blackberry, dried rose, tobacco and tar, with a balsamic finish. Soft and enveloping on the palate, it's rich and warm...with hints of jam and cocoa. 100 points.”

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