Testing Notes: straw-yellow colour flecked with green, forward aromas of apple and citrus, especially grapefruit. Dry and smooth, which accentuates the wine’s freshness, with good support from the alcohol.
Wines and People
The Le Marche region has a lot to offer to wine lovers and gourmets from the prestigious and famous Verdicchio, Lacrima di Morro d'Alba and Vernaccia di Serrapetrona, a first DOCG of the Region, to the Pecorino or Passerina, rediscovered wines that recently hit the headlines. Also the Rosso Conero and Rosso Conero Riserva DOCG wines, two great reds native to the vineyards of just seven municipalities in the Le Marche province of Ancona. The Le Marche where all these wines are found have mountains and hills gently sloping down to the coast, a great terroir, essential for the growth of great wines. In 2012, Le Marche produced 920,000 hl (10.2 million cases) of wine. There are 16 DOC and 5 DOCG wines, these spread throughout the Marche region, thus confirming the high level of quality reached by this wonderful regions wine production. Many of these wines are little known outside of Italy but visitors to the region have a pleasant surprise when they try the local wine produced by many small aziendas and cantinas.
Curated by Mariano Pallottini
The grapes are grown on vines situated primarily on hillsides along the valley of the Esino River in the heart of the Marche and Conero area. After the grapes are harvested partly by hand and partly by machine, the free-run must if drawn off after brief skin contact, and followed by a light press and fermentation at controlled temperatures. The wine is then matured for 3 months in steel tanks.
A luminous pink colour with salmon highlights, the aromas are deep and rich recalling wild cherry, sorb apple and musky blossoms. On the palate there is appreciable dryness with the savoury fruit and crispness creating a notable balance.
Italian wine at its best expression. That's what Moncaro offers to its Italian and international customers alike through a new collection of wines where the content in sulfites has been halved compared to the level allowed by law. This achievement is the result of an intense research work and substantial investments and was first announced during the most important Italian event dedicated to wines, Vinitaly 2014 - where Moncaro also obtained six special mentions for its wines. [...]
Many a bad wine has been whisked last minute from a local supermarket shelf: let my speedy guide spare you the pain.
The quick dart into a convenience store for supper and a bottle of wine does not usually find us at our best. [...]
So I thought I'd do some of the work for you, by picking wines to try from the shelves of Tesco Express and Metro; Sainsbury's Local; Little Waitrose and M & S Simply Food stores. For extra authenticity, I went into the shops at the end of a working day, tired and cross, and chose wines partly by looking for whatever attractive label/good price combination might appeal if I knew nothing (and a few that I knew ought to be good). The ones that stood out – for bad as well as good reasons – are listed here.
Before I let the tasting notes speak for themselves, a word on price. Almost all these wines cost more in the small convenience outlets than in the main supermarket. Retailers say that this reflects the extra cost of running smaller local stores which often have longer opening hours, but I find some of those hikes – particularly the M & S ones – a little hard to swallow.
School report: Some good, solid wines and performing better at the £5 end of things than I'd expected.
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Verdicchio used to be a bone-dry fish-dish white, but the new confidence in Italian white winemaking is demonstrating what an excellent grape Verdicchio is – ripe golden yellow fruit almost like baked apples and peaches, kept fresh with the nip of apple peel and a sprig of mint and Adriatic dill.