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Travel + Leisure Highlights Cecchi’s Maremma Wines

Ted Loos, writing for Travel + Leisure, takes a new look at Tuscany, one of Italy’s most familiar tourist regions, and says there’s still a lot to discover there – particularly in Maremma, where he finds Cecchi’s La Mora wines quite to his liking. From the article:

The family behind the venerable Cecchi winery near Siena, makers of Chianti for more than 100 years, has built a deluxe new Maremma winery for their brand La Mora—check out the pillowy white marble floors in the entrance hall. The facility will welcome visitors as of May, and it’s one of the few in the area that will have American-style tours and tasting flights available, and there will even be cooking classes with a local chef.

Even though Tuscany is relatively tourist-friendly, you can’t just show up anywhere and expect that people will be there to greet you. Even the Cecchi HQ winery, where they make Chianti, doesn’t do organized tastings. As the irrepressible Andrea Cecchi, who runs the show with his brother, puts it, “We like to welcome people, but it’s a winery first.”

The Maremma has a tradition of making red wines from a clone of Sangiovese—Chianti’s base grape—called Morellino di Scansano, and the flagship from La Mora is the 2013 Morellino di Scansano ($23), a lovely wine full of black cherry flavors and a bit of cranberry. It’s not as tannic as Chianti, and it’s a great Tuscany gateway drug for people who enjoy, say, a good Merlot (another too-often-maligned topic).

And even though it’s not an indigenous grape, La Mora makes a great Vermentino. The 2014 ($20) is a refreshing and juicy wine shot through with the taste of lime zest.

The full Travel + Leisure story is available online here.

More information on Cecchi’s La Mora wines can be found at these links:

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