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Doga delle Clavule Morellino de Scansano 2012
The Doga delle Clavule estate consists of 192 hectares (475 acres) in the region of Maremma. 41 hectares (101 acres) are planted mainly with Sangiovese, locally called Morellino and few hectares of Merlot, Alicante, Syrah and Vermentino. The name “La Doga” means “barrel stave” in Italian and it means “creek” from the old dialect used in this part of Tuscany. The name was chosen because in the past there used to be a creek crossing the property. “Clavule” means vines in latin. The estate is owned by Elisabetta Gnudi Angelini, who also owns Altesino, Borgo Scopeto and Caparzo.
Maremma is a part of the Tuscan wine growing region. It is a region, almost due south of the town of Montalcino, only about 15 kilometers (10 miles) from the Tyrrhenian sea.
Maremma, only a two hour driving southwest of the city of Florence, covers an area that roughly corresponds to the coastal province of Grosseto. An extensive and largely undeveloped territory that stands in stark contrast to the compact Montalcino or Chianti Classico areas.
Legend has it that the region’s prized red grape, Sangiovese, took its name locally from the rusty, red “Morelli” horses that used to carriage high officials to and from the village of Scansano in the 1700s. Today the region’s most valuable wine, known as Morellino di Scansano, is of a similar blend as Chianti with a minimum of 85% Morellino (Sangiovese) and 15% other local varieties. But Scansano’s hilly, coastal location gives a full-bodied, and more fruit forward and less acid-driven red compared to its inland neighbor.
Tuscan blends tend to be big, bold, and modern in style, sometimes with noticeable new oak, whose high quality can often command super-premium prices.
Their composition of international grape varieties or mix of international and indigenous varieties makes Tuscan blends unique. Where did the idea come from? Well, a few Tuscan winemakers who had become disenchanted with Italian winemaking law in the 1970s retaliated and decided to get creative. They started making wine solely from international grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, or Syrah or adding these grapes to Sangiovese, in differing proportions, and the phenomenon was born.
The most famous Tuscan blends from Italy are called “Super Tuscans.” One of the most well-known, ‘Tignanello,’ created by Antinori in 1971, is a blend of 80% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. Marchesi Lodovico Antinori in 1981, with the help of renowned agronomist Andre Tchelistcheff, established Ornellaia. The property has changed hands but since 2002 Marchesi de' Frescobaldi has been the sole owner and its quality remains stellar. It is typically a blend of about half Cabernet Sauvignon, a third Merlot and the rest filled in with Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Sassicaia, another, has earned itself an extraordinary reputation and global esteem, so much so that the Sassicaia property was actually awarded its very own appellation with the 1994 vintage. It is typically 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc.