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Date Printed: 5/3/2015
Rocca delle Macie Campomaccione Morellino di Scansano 2004
Rocca delle Macie Campomaccione Morellino di Scansano 2004
(search item no. 88527)

PRICE ON 5/3/2015: $11.99

Winemaker's Notes:

90% Sangiovese (aka "morellino"), 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot. In local dialect, Sangiovese has long been known as "morellino" a reference to "morello," a breed of horse formerly used to work on farms in this coastal area of Tuscany. Farmers compared the rich dark color of the sangiovese grape to the glossy, dark coat of the morello horses.

Intense aromas of ripe fruits and floral notes. The palate is smooth, well-structured and harmonious with soft tannins. This versatile red wine is a splendid companion for spicier dishes, all types of grilled, roasted and barbecued red meats and hearty stews.

This fine Morellino di Scansano comes from the prestigious Campomaccione estate in Tuscany's Grosseto province. Starting in the 1990s, the Morellino di Scansano DOC has become the talk of growing numbers of wine critics and connoisseurs, who see in it enormous potential for a new style of world-class wines from Tuscany with their own distinct personality.

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About Rocca delle Macie:

When the late Italo Zingarelli, a former boxer and film producer, bought Rocca delle Mac├Če in Tuscany's Chianti Classico district back in 1973, he embarked on a new career as one of Tuscany's more unlikely wine producers.

It was certainly not intended to be a hobby... it was a vocation, a desire to return to the soil." Zingarelli, who passed away in the spring of 2000, was always quick to point out.

Working closely with his son Sergio, Zingarelli set about restoring the property that Sergio together with his wife Daniela, who plays an active role in the day-to-day management of the estate, and their two children now call home. Then a tumbled down 14th-century farmstead near the village of Castellina in Chianti, it was surrounded by acres of neglected vines. Vineyards were replanted from scratch; further property, was acquired, and a state-of-the-art cellar built and installed with the latest winemaking equipment. The Zingarellis left nothing to chance in their quest to create a stellar Tuscan wine estate.

Organic fertilization, careful pruning, the introduction of small oak barrels for aging and harvesting by hand are just some of the practices Sergio and his father instituted at the estate. Rocca is an active member of the Chianti Classico growers' consortium, which takes the black rooster as its symbol.