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88 { THE SOMM JOURNAL } FEBRUARY/MARCH 2016 Sangiovese's It's said that Sangiovese, while grown throughout many regions of Italy, has found its home in Tuscany. No other region produces more, and certainly none produces so many different styles. The dominant factor here is that Sangiovese has shown that it can adapt to almost any place it is planted in the sun-kissed hills south of Florence, the main production area for the varietal, leading to a variety of wine styles being made from the many different terroirs present in the regions that produce it. That said, it has been a select few production areas that have traditionally dominated the marketplace and wine lists. But thanks to the constantly evolving landscape of wines available to them, retailers and som- meliers, in their never-ending quest to provide their cli- entele with unique offerings, are increasingly turning to other expressions of Tuscany's most celebrated grape. Enter Montecucco and Morellino di Scansano, two DOCG-classified Southern Tuscan winemaking regions—quite different from each other, yet both defined by common ideals and the promise that Tuscany can provide exciting wines based on Sangiovese other than the more common Chiantis and Brunellos. PHOTO BY DAVID RANSOM Montecucco, with Monte Amiata, its northern boundary, in the distance. Inside the barrel room at Cantina Vignaioli Morellino di Scansano, the region's impressive cooperative. by David Ransom 88 { THE SOMM JOURNAL } FEBRUARY/MARCH 2016

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