If you’re looking for a special Italian wine for Father’s Day, consider a red from Morisfarms, one of the top producers in Maremma, a coastal area in southwest Tuscany. This family-owned winery also has a local connection. Its chief executive, Giulio Parentini, plans to marry Janie Holstein of St. Louis in the fall. Holstein will move to Tuscany after the wedding. Morisfarms was founded by the Moris family, originally from Spain, who settled in Italy in the early 1700s. Although the family originally grew grains, fruits and vegetables, it shifted its focus to wines in the 1990s. Parentini is the son of Caterina Moris and Adolfo Parentini, who ran the winery for many years.
Morisfarms 2013 Barbaspinosa, Monteregio di Massa Marittima, Italy
Bought • Parker’s Table, 7118 Oakland Avenue, in May for $24.99
Description • This wine comes from an appellation within Maremma called Monteregio di Massa Marittima. It was granted Denominazione di Origine Controllata status in the mid-1990s. The name “Barbaspinosa” comes from a character in a book of fairy tales written by Giuseppe Leo Moris, Guilio Parentini’s great-grandfather. This is a medium-bodied red made mostly from sangiovese with a small amount of cabernet sauvignon. The wine was aged in barrels that were used to make Morisfarm’s flagship wine, Avvoltore. The result is an interesting red that tastes of dark fruit, tobacco and some spice. It has firm tannins and is relatively high in acid, making it a match for foods cooked with tomato sauce. This flavorful wine would also go well with osso bucco. Be sure to let it breathe before drinking.