Marchesi Antinori Le Mortelle
Located on the Maremma Coast near the family’s Guado al Tasso estate in Bolgheri, Le Mortelle was once part of a larger estate called La Badiola, created in the nineteenth century when the Duchy drained the marshy areas around Grosseto. The Antinori family purchased Le Mortelle in 1999, and the estate’s name, which comes from the region’s plentiful wild myrrh, signals the family’s green commitment. Le Mortelle isn’t merely certified organic — it also sports a state-of-the-art cellar facility constructed with natural materials and erected under the earth. Built into the side of a hill, Le Mortelle’s cantina is barely visible, but its three-story structure allows for gravity to move the wine from pressing to fermentation to aging barrels, which reduces energy and treats the wine with tender loving care. Today is your chance to have two vintages side by side of the incredible Poggio alle Nane, a wine I believe will be the next Tignanello for the 26-generation family owned company. The blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc is a nod to Guado al Tasso and Sassicaia as well as an immediate threat to Tignanello’s reign of being the most affordable and delicious blue chip wine in Tuscany.