On one of our trips to Italy we tasted many Morellini throughout the region of Tuscany hoping to find a rarity. At the enoteche and wine bars proprietors often mentioned that we should review the wines from Podere 414. The intrigue that followed, as we could never find the wine on shelves and also the fact that we could not find any information with our usual guides, made the search quite a challenge. Finally we relied on a Chianti producer who knew coastal Tuscany and he forwarded the phone number to us. As it turns out Podere 414 is a project that has proven to be very interesting indeed. But first a comment on the type of wine needs to be made. Morellino is a local clone of Sangiovese and Scansano is name of the town that is about 10 kilometers from the Ligurean Sea. It was given DOC status in 1978. This area was formerly marshland, which was drained by Mussolini in the 1930’s due to its infamy as a source of malaria. Climate and soil types are key elements contributing to Morellino. The zone is arid and can produce wonderful wines. The winery owner and founder is Simone Castelli, the son of one of Italy’s most famous oenological consultants in the 70’s and 80’s. He makes just 2500 cases of his Morellino from 2.5 hectares of prime lands that are situated on soils that were once a part of the Mediterranean Sea, as hundreds of seashells in the vineyard soil can attest to.
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