Grapelive: Wine of the day August 10, 2016

2015MottaCiliegiolo2015 Motta, Ciliegiolo, Giove,Toscana Rosso, Italy.
Alberto Motta’s Giove Ciliegiolo is a wonderful expression of varietal and place, Motta is in the Morellino di Scansano zone of southern coastal Tuscany near the town of Grosseto, these wines are lovely, natural and with detail and energy, they are also some of the best values in all of Tuscany! The Motta Ciliegiolo was fermented 60% carbonic and 40% traditionally giving lots of forward fruit, but with plenty of vitality and subtle tannin, the vines are between 10 and 50 years old and worked organically, the sandy coastal soils are perfect for making elegant and fresh wines. The 2015 shows fine detail, and without oak everything is lively and vibrant highlighting the purity with fresh dark berry, strawberry, tangy cherry and plum fruits in this medium bodied Tuscan red, it’s lovely ruby with purple glint color in the glass is compelling and the palate is focused with subtle complexities such as minty herb, dried flowers, hints of spice, earth and mineral. Ciliegiolo has been gaining traction with the wine world, once almost forgotten and only found in blends, it has become the new Tuscan darling and has it’s own admiration society and has exploded in popularity, mainly because it is maybe a bit more like Pinot Noir than Sangiovese. The 2015 Motta is a complete example and easy to love with it’s supple texture, light earthy character and almost bittersweet tart notes making it very fun with not too heavy cuisine, even with a slight chill, for the richer and more powerful style of red try Motta’s Morellino di Scansano too. Drink the Ciliegiolo over the course of the next year or so, best young and fresh it is a bright quaffing pleasure.
($16 Est.) 90 Points, grapelive