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Banti Morellino di Scansano 1998

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    Erik Banti

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    Erik Banti, Tuscany, Italy
    Erik Banti and his passion for wine grew up in the family estate of " La Braccesca" in Montepulciano, Tuscany. The farm was sold late in the sixties. In those years Erik’s time was divided between university studies and two other big passions of his : Motor car racing and Golf. In both he achieved Italian championships. At th end of the sixties Erik opened his own photographic studio in the fashionable Piazza di Spagna in Rome. Among his customers the likes of Vogue, film directors as Fellini and Zeffirelli, companies as Esso, Golf Oil, Olivetti and National Geographic. Erik passion for adventure took him to start a travel agency tha t specializes in exotic resorts: he "launched" the Maldive islands in 1972 and other destinations include Bali, Cuzco, the Dalak islands and the lake Titicaca. His activities were always complemented by a lively attention to the world of wine: Erik was keen on training his taste buds and palate by enjoying and collecting worlds best wines. In 1978, Erik moved to the fascinating area of Maremma, southern Tuscany: here in the then newly declared doc Morellino zone, he settle in his hitherto weekend medieval house where he open a restaurant. For years the reference point for all "terroir". His wine passion then found a definitive goal. After two years with trial and error vinifacation, he marketed his first Morellino in 1981 under the now famous "two ducks label". During the eighties Erik Bantis Morellino established itself as "THE" Morellino brand both in Italy and abroad. The nineties have seen a further consolidation of Erik’s wine as one of the traditional cellar in Scansano and by the planting of the new vineyards in the splendid location of Poggio Maestrino, the end result of more that twenty years of good wine experience.

    One of the most iconic Italian regions for wine, scenery and history, Tuscany is the world’s most important outpost for the Sangiovese grape. Ranging in style from fruity and simple to complex and age-worthy, Sangiovese makes up a significant percentage of plantings here, with the white Trebbiano Toscano coming in second.

    Within Tuscany, many esteemed wines have their own respective sub-zones, including Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. The climate is Mediterranean and the topography consists mostly of picturesque rolling hills, scattered with vineyards.

    Sangiovese at its simplest produces straightforward pizza-friendly wines with bright and juicy red fruit, but at its best it shows remarkable complexity and ageability. Top-quality Sangiovese-based wines can be expressive of a range of characteristics such as sour cherry, balsamic, dried herbs, leather, fresh earth, dried flowers, anise and tobacco. Brunello expresses well the particularities of vintage variations and is thus popular among collectors. Chianti is associated with tangy and food-friendly dry wines at various price points. A more recent phenomenon as of the 1970s is the “Super Tuscan”—a wine made from international grape varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Syrah, with or without Sangiovese. These are common in Tuscany’s coastal regions like Bolgheri, Val di Cornia, Carmignano and the island of Elba.

    Other Red Wine

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    Beyond the usual suspects, there are hundreds of red grape varieties grown throughout the world. Some are indigenous specialties capable of producing excellent single varietal wines, while others are better suited for use as blending grapes. Each has its own distinct viticultural characteristics, as well as aroma and flavor profiles, offering much to be discovered by the curious wine lover. In particular, Portugal and Italy are known for having a multitude of unique varieties but they can really be found in any region.

    COL55276_1998 Item# 28414