Maremma Toscana, Italy
I Perazzi, the foundation of the La Mozza winery, was created to be unlike most typical Morellino di Scansano producers. This Sangiovese demonstrates the potential of Maremma’s terroir. I Perazzi is named after the pear-like fruit that grow on the estate and are depicted on the label.
To express this terroir to the fullest with new and exciting grape varieties, La Mozza consists of 36 hectares (90 acres) and lies in the southwest corner of Tuscany’s Maremma, a dozen kilometers from the sea and 45 minutes southwest of Montalcino. This area is much drier than the fog-draped hills of central Tuscany. The lack of morning mist means the grapes start ripening at sunrise, and are sun-drenched until sunset. Rain is scarce as the Island of Elba off the coast acts as a windbreak, shifting eastbound moisture to the north and south. Here hot-climate varieties like Syrah and Alicante thrive, and the acidic edge of Sangiovese has mutated into Morellino’s lush cherry fruit.
La Mozza I Perazzi Maremma Sangiovese is perfect with lasagna, osso buco, rich vegetarian dishes, and aged cheeses.