The 2008 vintage of Mormoreto shows a luminous ruby red, deep and near-opaque, with purplish highlights at the rim. The nose, characteristically heady and insistent, opens to emphatic impressions of wild red berry fruit and spice, initially a complex mosaic of wild blackberry, blueberry, and dark cherry, plus dried plum and dates, further enriched with subtle notes of sweet violets and sweetbriar. These aromas are lifted by spicier notes of vanilla, cocoa powder, and roast espresso, interleaved with pungent nuances of balsam and chlorophyll. Fine-grained, silky tannins, already well inserted into the structure, contribute to the ultra-smooth mouthfeel and overall sensation of warmth, while its vibrant acidity adds to the exquisite balance of all of its components. The almost-endless finish is laced with tasty, aromatic fruit.
A terrific patner with any long-cooked meat dish, such as marinades, pot roasts, and stews. Delicious with aged cheeses.
Blend: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot
"This is very ripe, with intense plum jam and floral undertones. Full bodied, with velvety tannins and plenty of intense dark fruits and lightly toasted vanilla. Powerful and balanced."
"Almost black-ruby. Fresh, fruity aromas of blackberry, blueberry, delicately spicy white pepper and sweet vanillin oak on the captivating, cabernet franc-dominated nose. Smooth and fine-grained in the mouth, with excellent clarity and cut to the red and black fruit flavors. Very polished tannins and noteworthy persistence make this an amazing achievement for a difficult year. "Maybe we were lucky to harvest at just the right time here," Frescobaldi told me modestly. I really like this wine's pure red fruit character and lingering floral perfume; it's better than most of the cabernets currently being made on the Tuscan coast because it has a more refined quality. In fact, its hauntingly pure, penetrating cabernet franc-dominated nose really brings to mind some of the best wines of Saint-Emilion and Pomerol."
International Wine Cellar
"This red starts out with sweet oak notes covering the black plum flavors. It's muscular and dense, underscored by firm tannins. With air, this smoothes out and the fruit blossoms. Decant now, or cellar short-term. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot."