WINE REVIEW: Lohsa 2019 Terre del Poliziano, Morellino di Scansano DOCG.Italy ($16)
by Andrew Chalk
Outside of the central Tuscan regions mentioned above, the other key pillar of Tuscan wine production is its coastal Maremma region along the Tyrrhenian Sea. Federico Carletti of Poliziano was called to the region due to its interesting climatic conditions driven by abundant sunlight cooled by sea breezes and invested in vineyards there in the late 1990s. In 1998 Federico created the Lohsa winery which today produces two red wines, each of which demonstrate the strengths of the Maremma area.
Morellino di Scansano is the best-known Sangiovese-based denomination in this maritime-influenced region, producing a wine similar to Chianti and Vino Nobile in its blend, but grown under markedly different conditions. Poliziano’s Morellino di Scansano is primarily Sangiovese, the local clone of which is called Morellino, combined with one of its close relatives, the ancient Ciliegiolo.
Appearance: Translucent cherry;
Nose: Dusty, smoky, plum, blackberry. Young, irrepressible fruit.
Palate: Grippy tannins, explosive fruit, plum especially predominant. Different tendencies in the wine are well-balanced enhancing the on-palate effect.