Another section of the estate is also bottled separately, the Mormoreto vineyard, which is planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. It is a big, serious and richly textured wine with beautiful purity of fruit…truly worthy of the separate bottling. The 2007 vintage is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot and spent 24 months in 100% new barrels.
Tasting Notes – 2007
A deep ruby color announces Mormoreto, almost opaque in its concentration. The nose is ultra-complex, delivering inebriating scents of wild blackberry, raspberry, redcurrant, dried plum, dates, and wild red berry fruit, delicately lifted by floral impressions of sweetbriar and violets. Gradually emerging to deepen the rich bouquet even further are spicier nuances of vanilla, cocoa powder, tobacco leaf, and roast espresso bean, which act as a delicious foil to pungent notes of balsam and chlorophyll. A crisp, nervy acidity complements a suite of silky tannins, and both contribute to a palate that is notable for its warmth and roundness. A finely-balanced, leisurely progression culminates in a lengthy, subtly-aromatic finish. A wine of remarkable elegance and breed.
Food Pairing Suggestions
Savoury cheeses, main courses of lamb, pork, kid, either baked or stewed, as well as beef stracotto.
Ratings & Reviews
92 points – Wine Spectator, October 31, 2009
92 points – Wine Spectator, October 31, 2008
94 points – Wine Spectator, October 15, 2007
89 points – Wine Advocate #171, June 2007
90 points – Wine Spectator, October 31, 2006
88 points – Steve Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, July/August 2007
90 points – Wine Advocate #164, April 2006
90 points – Wine Spectator, October 15, 2004
91 points – Wine Advocate #152, April 2004
88 points – Wine Spectator, October 15, 2003