Val delle Rose, Morellino di Scansano Riserva (Tuscany, Italy) 2009

($22, Banfi Imports): Though Tuscan and made from Sangiovese, the wines from Morellino di Scansano are far different from those of the Chianti region.  The 2009 Val delle Rose Riserva is an excellent example, focusing more on dark, Bing cherry-like flavors more than the earthy spicy ones found in Chianti.  There’s an appealing fruity roundness, without being soft, to this lip-smacking wine. Delivering far more enjoyment than you’d expect for the price, it’s ideal for drinking now with hearty winter fare.
90 Michael Apstein Feb 25, 2014