MANTELLASSI "QUERCIOLAIA" ALICANTE, MAREMMA TOSCANA
TUSCANY, ITALY 2011
With high profile names such as Biondi Santi, Frescobaldi and Mazzei flocking to the area of Maremma and purchasing enormous tracts of land over the last few decades, you know there’s something special about this treasured Tuscan region. Given its diversity of terroir and climate running approximately 150 miles along the Tuscan coast, wines like Sassicaia and Ornellaia have excelled, producing extraordinary modern expressions and becoming some of the most expensive wines in all of Italy. As renowned as these wines have become, it is the cultivation of traditional varieties such as Sangiovese and the local Alicante that remain the backbone of Maremma, often producing some of the region’s most beautiful expressions of wine – at budget-friendly price points. One of the leading traditional producers is the Mantellassi family and today’s wine is their 100% Alicante 2011 “Querciolaia,” a stunning example of tradition and approachability that overdelivers in every way.
The Mantellassi family winery was established in 1960 with just four hectares of land around the communes of Magliano and Scansano in the heart of Maremma. As one of the region’s pioneers, helping to establish Morellino di Scansano as a DOC in 1978 (later becoming DOCG in 2006), the family remains defenders of tradition, producing exceptional expressions of Sangiovese and Alicante while other wineries focus on non-traditional varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. One of their first grape varieties planted, Alicante has flourished for the family, prompting them to produce their single variety wine “Queciolaia” starting in 1977. Alicante, which is found throughout Spain and considered a local variety of Grenache that most likely arrived to the area during the Spanish occupation in 1600, takes advantage of the temperate climate. As an early ripening varietal, the grape thrives in even the most difficult vintages and excels in the calcareous volcanic soils of the family’s hillside vineyards. Producing complex and rich flavors, Alicante provides an excellent alternative to Sangiovese, rivaling the flavor and style of Tuscany’s flagship variety with deeper colors and an approachability that not only pairs with the local meat-based dishes (including wild boar) but is extremely drinkable and rewarding all on its own.
As warm, dry conditions marked 2011 in Maremma, the wines produced are “voluptuous…with no hard edges and tons of concentration” (Antonio Galloni), making this vintage a true standout in the region. With nearly 16 months in barriques followed by several months of bottle aging, the Mantelassi Querciolaia is beautifully balanced, dark ruby in color with enticing aromas of smoked cherries, spice and flavors of dark fruit and espresso. The soft tannins and refreshing finish keep you coming back for more – and today’s “Roll out the Barrel” price makes this easier than ever. For one week only we’re offering this wine in 6 and 12-packs for as low as $19.97 a bottle!
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