2007 Bucci Verdicchio Classico Reserva ‘Villa Bucci’ This is as profound and creamy as any Chardonnay we’ve had in a while. harvested from 60 year old vines on Bucci’s pristine,64 acre property. The wine is fermented underground, naturally and aged in large botte. Very non-interventionist and ‘natural’- like, but clean, round and creamy and beautiful.
[...] Of course probability of finding very good and reasonably priced wine is getting better and better in today’s world – but you can even further improve it by stepping out of familiar circle and looking for wines from under-appreciated regions.
So what are those under-appreciated regions? As you can imagine, there are lots of them. Again, all the exotic places aside, for each famous wine region, the same countries have tens of “under-appreciated” regions, consistently making good wines for hundreds of years, with majority of those wines being also reasonably priced. In France, great wines are made in Loire, Provence, Jura, Languedoc-Roussillon (we already talked about them) and many other places. In Italy, excellent wines are made in Umbria, Sicily, Lombardy, Marche and again in many other regions. Rias Baixas, Bierzo, Jumilla and La Mancha in Spain; Long Island, Virginia and Texas in United States, South Africa, Israel, Lebanon, Greece, Georgia and Hungary… There is no limit to the places where now we can look for consistently good wines.
As usual, time to open a bottle, right? Let me give you a few examples from the regions which I believe are under-appreciated.
Let’s start in Italy, in the region called Marche, which is located on Adriatic coast of Italy, near Ancona. There are a number of great wines produced in that region, which is still staying off the radar for the most of the wine lovers. Particularly, white wines made out of the grape called Verdicchio, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi and Verdicchio di Matelica are excellent white wines, with balanced acidity and fruit, perfect for summer day. The red wines are made mostly out of Sangiovese and Montepulciano grapes. This particular 2006 Casal Farneto Rosso Conero IGT is made of the blend of Montepulciano and Sangiovese, and it is an excellent red wine with lots of layers and luscious red and black fruit on the palate (think of blackberries and sour cherries), perfectly balanced. [...]
In the first of a new series on wine routes in Europe, John Brunton explores the Champagne region, skipping the famous vineyards in favour of small, independent cellars, staying at winemakers' B&Bs and dining at rural bistrots, tasting excellent champagnes...
80% Sangiovese and 20% Montepulciano from Rosso Piceno, Marches, Italy. Made from Organic grapes. From the winery: "The characteristics of this wine are its typical deep ruby colour, vinous bouquet and dry harmonic taste. It is produced from only the best Sangiovese and Montepulciano grapes, and mellowed in oak barrels. It is a wine which is at its best served at room temperature to accompany all kinds of roast meat and game. 13.0% Alcohol" Today's wine comes from Rosso Piceno which is the largest DOC of the Marches region. It is also the baby brother to one of our very favorite red blends, the 2008 Saladini Pilastri Pregio del Conte - Montepulciano Plus Aglianico Equals Love The 2010 Saladini Pilastri Rosso Piceno has a simply wonderful, inviting bouquet that begins with a delightfully strong aroma of plum and dark berries plus a little mint and a few earthy notes. The wine tastes beautiful, smooth, fruity, dry and absolutely delicious. It features tons of luscious fruit that makes your mouth go "wow", soft tannins and a fabulous mouthfeel. The flavors are similar to the bouquet -- lots of dark berry fruit, a bit tart when tasting, plus some nice spice. The finish is soft, fruity and long. To say that I enjoyed this easy-drinking wine would be a huge understatement
In 2012, the Franciacorta consolidates its position with a positive performance, and counter that registered a volume growth of 25% compared to 2011, a consumption value of almost € 270 million (average price bottle 19.41 €, tax included ) and 13.85 million bottles sold.
"We are pleased with the results this year, growth has increased consistently in volumes and values, keeping constant the average price per bottle," said Maurizio Zanella, president of the Consortium Franciacorta, commenting on the figures for 2012 obtained by the Observatory economics, the survey tool set for over a year in the Franciacorta Consortium which collects data of certain companies.
On the market, moreover, the demand has expressed a growing consensus towards the Rosé, which does detect an increase of 50%, and on Satèn, which corresponds to about 10% of total production.
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