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The Le Marche region has a lot to offer to wine lovers. There are 5 DOCG wines and 16 DOC wines. From the prestigious and famous Verdicchio, to the Vernaccia di Serrapetrona, from the Offida Pecorino to the Offida Passerina. Also: Bianchello del Metauro, Colli Maceratesi, Colli Pesaresi, Esino, Falerio dei Colli Ascolani, I Terreni di Sanseverino, Lacrima di Morro d'Alba, Rosso Conero, Pergola, Rosso Piceno, San Ginesio 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.
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Abate Pietro - Montepulciano and Syrah wine from Le Marche

Meet Marco Cavalieri from Le Corti Dei Farfensi in the Marche region of Italy. This red wine is made from 80% montepulciano and 20% syrah.
Absolutely delicious with complex characters. Aged in new oak barrels, it is a perfect match for a range of regional dishes that come from this part of the east coast of Italy, along the coast of the Adriatic sea.

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The Abate Pietro is a Marche Rosso lGP (Protected Geographical Indication) composed by Montepulciano 80% and Syrah 20%.

Surely a wine to consider, a bottle that "stand out of the obvious".

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Piceno (Le Marche) and Montepulciano

Piceno (Le Marche) and Montepulciano | Wines and People | Scoop.it

... The lovely Piceno hills are indeed the ideal for growing Montepulciano...
In the past ten years a host of small winemakers have started up production in the area of Piceno. Before winegrowers there used to sell their grapes to cooperatives but when these began having trouble some growers decided to convert their vineyards to different uses, while others set up their own wineries and pumped new blood and ideas into the sector. As I did in my piece on Piceno whites, here again I will focus on small producers, the craftsmen. This is by no means a complete panorama of the territory but I hope it will serve as an introduction, something to spark your curiosity to know more about this blessed area of the Marche region.
Montepulciano grapes are also used to make Rosso Conero and are, in any case, widely used throughout the Marche. It is a high-yield, robust and bold grape that gives a wine backbone, personality, structure and very long life. It is also very versatile but in order to obtain the best results it needs to be ‘tamed’ and this is not always easy. The following wines are made using diverse approaches and I hope I have been able to capture the different nuances. [...]

  • K’un 2010 Marche Igt Clara Marcelli [86] 16€
  • Cosecose 2012 Marche Igt  Valter Mattoni [81] 13€
  • Arshura 2011 Marche Igt Valter Mattoni  [92] 25€
  • Grifola 2005 Marche Igt Poderi San Lazzaro [90] 20€
  • Erasmo Castelli 2008 Marche Igt  Maria Pia Castelli  [89] 25€

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The Best Marriage in Central Italy? Sangiovese and Montepulciano in Le Marche

The Best Marriage in Central Italy? Sangiovese and Montepulciano in Le Marche | Wines and People | Scoop.it

Keeping of course to the main focus of this blog, I’m talking about grapes…People? Who knows?… Anyway, the breadth and (mostly) length of Italy is brimming with blended wines of all kinds – red, white, and more recently, pink too. Tonight’s wine was a red from the sadly somewhat oenologically and culinarily obscure Marche (MAR-keh) region, but it’s home to the happy couple nonetheless…

Marche is also home to a very fine and famous Italian white wine: Verdicchio (di Castello di Jesi and di Matelica), but ask from what region this wine comes, and there’s usually a long pause, and then most often a reply something like…”Tuscany?”. So when even the region’s most famous wine doesn’t easily associate itself with the Marche name, it’s no surprise that tonight’s Rosso Piceno wouldn’t either.

And you’d also think that the fact that Rosso Piceno is a pairing of Sangiovese and Montepulciano – two of Italy’s most famous, and arguably finest red grapes, that it would attract a little more attention – well, here’s a little…Though both Sangiovese and Montepulciano have been cultivated for a quite a long time in Marche, the former is of course most closely associated with Tuscany, and the latter’s full name, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, clearly gives away its origins. And though there are a few other regions in which these two varieties can meet in the company of a few other varieties as well, Rosso Piceno is the one in which these two varieties can meet on more or less equal ground, with little to no interference from other varieties (the actual blend regulations are 35%-85% Montepulciano, 15%-50% Sangiovese, and up to 15% other local red varieties), and a lot of ground it is too – the D.O.C. includes the entirety of the territory of the provinces of Ascoli Piceno, Fermo, Macerata, and Ancona, which means there are scores of various and interesting terroirs in which these two great grapes can live happily ever after in…

So why, after all, are these two grapes so damned great together? Read More

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Rich, Rustic and Very Italian - Malacari Rosso Conero 2008

Rich, Rustic and Very Italian - Malacari Rosso Conero 2008 | Wines and People | Scoop.it

[...] Rosso Conero is the DOC in this case, where Montepulciano must make up at least 85% of the bottling and Malacari is the producer of this 100% Montepulciano cuvee. Fermented in stainless steel but aged in oak for 12 months prior to an unfiltered bottling, this lovely wine strikes a wonderful balance between fruit and subtle wood flavors.

Dark purple in color, you're greeted with typical smokey cherry and plum aromas with complicating notes of oak spice, coffee and minerals. In the mouth it's rustic but hearty, with large scaled dark fruit flavors and a long spicy, moderately tannic finish. Try this everyday winner with a beef or lamb stew, or a bolognese pasta.


Imported by one of my favorites, Polaner Selections, this quaffer set me back a middling $14.99. 

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Polaner Selections http://www.polanerselections.com 


19 North Moger Avenue, Mount Kisco, NY 10549
Phone: (914) 244-0404
Fax: (914) 244-0505

info@polanerselections.com
Partners:
Douglas Polaner
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Best Wines of Le Marche: Rosso Conero Doc 2010, Fructus, Conte Leopardi Dittajuti

Best Wines of Le Marche: Rosso Conero Doc 2010, Fructus, Conte Leopardi Dittajuti | Wines and People | Scoop.it

Grapes: Montepulciano 100%

Area of Production: Numana

Vineyard: The grapes come from a vineyard planted in the farm Coppo, at Ancona, in 1991

Training system: cordon

Soil: Soil with good structure, limestone and marl

Harvest: By hand, selection of the best grapes at full ripeness, in small boxes

Production: Grapes softly pressed, fermented with selected yeasts at controlled temperatures. The maceration of the skins lasts about 12-15 days.
The wine after malolactic fermentation, aged in stainless steel tanks for about 3-4 months in oak barrels for 2 months, then it is bottled
Description: Ruby-purplish red, clear and consistent. A revealing aroma with signs of backberry, marasca, cherry, plum, arbutus and red flowers. The taste is dry, warm, soft and fresh enough, from decisive tannins and discreetly savory. Full bodied, the end is fruity.
Pairing: Macaroni pasta with sauce from the giblets of farmyard animals.

Serving temperature: 16 to 18°C
Alcohol:13%

Price: 9,50€

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Take care if you drink it with your friends; they will never stop to ask you for it.

That's exactly what happened to me. Frucuts comes from www.conteleopardi.com in Italian Marche Region.

 

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luigi.silvestri@accantogroup.com

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Wines from a beautiful land: Le Cantine di Figaro, Ripatransone

Wines from a beautiful land: Le Cantine di Figaro, Ripatransone | Wines and People | Scoop.it

Le Cantine di Figaro winery is located in the Municipality of Ripatransone in the Marche Region of Italy and, in one of the most picturesque and well suited agricoltural area for wines, produces red wines from Montepulciano, Merlot, Sangiovese and Syrah grapes and whites from Pecorino, Passerina and Malvasia grapes.

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Tasted Le Marche Wines: Cocci Grifoni Le Torri Review

Another wine from Tenuta Cocci Grifoni. This time their 'Le Torri' Rosso Piceno DOC Superiore 2007. A good plummy-liquorice flavoured Montepulciano/Sangiovese mix. Perfect with meat and game or even intensely scented foods like truffles or mature cheeses. Cin-cin!

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Wines and People of Le Marche: Vini Santa Liberata

Wines and People of Le Marche: Vini Santa Liberata | Wines and People | Scoop.it

The Fattoria Vigneti Santa Liberata is spread over an area of approx 60 hectares. Chosen for their best position, 44 hectars of vineyard are located in Petritoli, 14 hectars in the territory of Sant'Elpidio a Mare. The nature of the land is varied, however it comprises mainly land originating from floodland, with rocky soil, and is therefore particularly suited to the cultivation of vines.
Grapes have been grown for centuries in this area and therefore there is a well consolidated tradition of vines suitable to the local soil and climate
The principal vines cultivated in the area are Sangiovese, Montepulciano, Passerina and Pecorino.

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KURNI - Oasi degli Angeli: Montepulciano from Le Marche

KURNI - Oasi degli Angeli: Montepulciano from Le Marche | Wines and People | Scoop.it

Marco Casolanetti and his wife Eleonora Rossi own a little agriturismo surrounded by their vineyards and olive groves in the heart of the Marche region. Old indigenous variety, respect for the terroir and modern techniques are the winning blend of their only wine: Kurni.

Produced from a 1.4 ha vineyard high up in Cupra Marittima, and made from Montepulciano grapes. This wine shows a wonderfully deep, liquoricey nose with a lifted herbal, slightly leafy edge. It has an amazingly rich, full palate with a fascinating texture and lots of bright full acidity. It’s hard to describe: almost liqueur like, with great concentration. An intense, juicy yet complex red wine that is very individual. 

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Montepulciano, the Grape (Not the Town or the Wine)

Montepulciano, the Grape (Not the Town or the Wine) | Wines and People | Scoop.it

Despite the name, the grape called Montepulciano has nothing to do with the town of the same name in Toscana, nor does it have any relationship with the wine Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, which comes from Toscana. Rather, Montepulciano, the grape, is cultivated throughout central Italy...

Indigenous to Abruzzo, Montepulciano grows happily throughout the rugged terrain of central Italy, and the varietal forms the central component of this DOC and that of Le Marche’s Rosso Cònero, as well as serving as a recommended varietal for many others. [...]

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Rosso Conero: The (better?) Montepulciano from further north

Rosso Conero: The (better?) Montepulciano from further north | Wines and People | Scoop.it

[...] Well, in the Marche region just to the north of Abruzzo, the Montepulciano vine also covers lots of square hectares of earth, but because none of its appellations’ names include the word “Montepulciano”, growing regions like Rosso Conero which is typically made from 100% Montepulciano [...] The word “Conero” in this wine’s name refers to the appellation’s proximity to Marche’s coastal city of Ancona.[...]

Villa Malacari Rosso Conero 2008
Saturated blackish purple color. Big and expressive nose of wood-smokey black cherry and dried cranberry fruit wonderfully supported by clear notes of melted dark chocolate, black licorice, damp earth, dried herbs, gingerbread, motor oil, and lilac powder. In the mouth the wine is full-bodied with a chewy texture, smooth tannins, and a great balance overall that effortlessly reveals sweet and sour black raspberry and currant fruit and notes of espresso coffee and new leather. Long, rustically elegant finish.

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Clearing Up Confusion with Montepulciano

Clearing Up Confusion with Montepulciano | Wines and People | Scoop.it

Despite the name, the grape called Montepulciano has nothing to do with the town of the same name in Toscana, nor does it have any relationship with the wine Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, which comes from Toscana. Rather, Montepulciano, the grape, is cultivated throughout Central Italy, from Le Marche to Apulia and most specifically in Abruzzo. Montepulciano is a varietal that makes a tremendously pleasing wine characterized by low acidity, manageable tannins, and a combination of the roundness of Merlot with the pepper and black fruit of Syrah. Known best for its DOC appellation Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, this varietal is said to have originated in Abruzzo, but it also appears in several other DOC wines throughout central Italy.
Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC, created in 1968, covers more or less the entire eastern half of its titular province. Despite the similarity in name, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo ought not be confused with Toscana’s Vino Nobile de Montepulciano, named for its nearest town, Montepulciano. Indigenous to Abruzzo, Montepulciano grows happily throughout the rugged terrain of central Italy, and the varietal forms the central component of this DOC and that of Le Marche’s Rosso Cònero, as well as serving as a recommended varietal for many others.
This grape possesses an extremely easy-going nature, thriving particularly well around the foothills of the Apennines near the town of Teramo, the site of its DOCG appellation, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Colline Teramane. Although it suffers the reputation of being a little brother to some of the region’s better known wines, the medium-bodied, ruby-red, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo provides a very pleasant wine for a very good value. Lightly tannic but bouncy with acidity, this wine with a palate of berries and violets also has an intriguing spiciness that complements the region’s predilection for foods laced with hot peppers. The slightly sweet tannins of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo keep it lively in the bottle, but unchanged as it ages. Recent interest in playing with techniques in cultivation and vinification, however, may help make the genial Montepulciano d’Abruzzo become a more complex and burly wine in the future.
Montepulciano d’Abruzzo comes in four types. Vinified like a white with a short maceration on the skins, Cerasuolo is its rosé style, named for its bright cherry-red color. An unusually jaunty rosé, Cerasuolo can stand up to spicy foods; its DOC regulations allow for 85% Montepulciano and up to 15% of other local varietals, often Sangiovese. Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Rosso has the same grape allowances as the Cerasuolo, though it is vinified as a red with a longer maceration; this DOC also comes in a riserva form that requires 24 months of ageing. Montepulciano d’Abruzzo’s Casauria and Terre dei Vestini DOC types both require 100% Montepulciano, and both have riserva forms that require 24 months of ageing.
The best thing about Montepulciano d’Abbruzzo wines–other than their general deliciousness–is that they tend to be super affordable, offering a fresh, easy way to serve quality Italian wines any night of the week.

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Intersting article about the Montepulciano grape we are growing.....

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Tasting Montepulciano

Tasting Montepulciano | Wines and People | Scoop.it

Retrospective on the Montepulciano of Le Marche and Abruzzo, which will give an idea of the vine’s potential.[...]

 

  • Conero Dorico Riserva, 2005, Moroder - Pure Montepulciano. It looks menacing from the start, dark, with purple tones. A monument to these lands’ beauty, it’s concentrated, a potential masterpiece, densely fruity, perfectly fused in powerful tannic weaves that persists until a savory finale. Its fierce tannin requires a Sacrifice of Korean-Barbecue Ribs. It will easily get to twenty years. Score: 90. €20.
  • Conero Vision of J riserva, 2006, Le Terrazze - The house’s first born, which gets only the best vintages—and it shows. Elegant in its deep, fruity notes of sour cherry and blackberry, its spicy wealth and its savory suggestions that come from the sea, a luminous window opened in a dark tannic score. This wine has great personality and consistency, which make it one of the great standards of the area. Its fine bouquet can be accompanied by Game Pies or, even, Turkish Shish Kebabs with a Garlicky Tahini. Score: 91. €25.
  • Kurni, 2008, Oasi degli Angeli - Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in a bottle. Only six thousand bottles per year make the Kurni a pure temptation, an idea that became substance. This is its greatest quality, to elevate itself above matter and aim for the Absolute. Its appearance is imperturbable like ink, splendid, a whirlpool of red fruit in many forms—fresh, caramelized, in alcohol, in a frappé, in ice cream, in yogurt—but also rose, mulberry, carnation, licorice, iris, aniseed, coffee, cinnamon, tobacco, china root, rhubarb, ginger, myrtle. It’s a surprising fugue of flavors that finds no rest. The magnificence of its taste is amplified by a warm texture, while tannins are under control. Its sweet intensity make it taste almost like a passito, the dream of a sweet-toothed kid. One wonders if such roundness isn’t maybe too much, too frivolous, but this feeling doesn’t last, and becomes fresher, sharper, a statuesque body behind this softness. A wine for meditation, it performs at best with a Castelmagno cheese or Duck with Orange. Score: 95. €80.
  • Regina del Bosco, 2007, Fattoria Dezi - A strong-willed wine, which encompasses all the nuances typical of the vine, the ruby color, the clear fruits and massive character. The sweet concentration of wild strawberries and cocoa turn it into an irresistible syrup. The taste flows boldly. Its warmth is persistent, yet never overwhelming. Pair Roasted Pig with Plums or Canadian Onion Soup. Score 92. €28.
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Best Wines of Le Marche: Ozio, Marche Rosso Igt, Cameli Irene

Best Wines of Le Marche: Ozio, Marche Rosso Igt, Cameli Irene | Wines and People | Scoop.it

Montepulciano 100% begins with fermentation in stainless steel tanks and then be finished in barriques (French oak barrels), where is also the malolactic elaging for 24 months.
The maturing of the wine bottle is completed in 6 months.
The geographical wine area is in the municipalities of Castorano and Offida.
Pomegranate red, clear and consistent. To the nose is complex enough, with signs of red fruits cooked and in jam, mature blackberry, wilted violet, pepper and enamel. To the nose is dry, warm, soft enough, well balanced tannins and freshness. A plesant end with a mineral-sulfur hint. Pairing with Pork loin baked with apples, chestnuts and mushrooms.


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Organic Wines Le Marche: Allevi Maria Letizia, Castorano

Organic Wines Le Marche: Allevi Maria Letizia, Castorano | Wines and People | Scoop.it

Started in 2004, the firm possesses 3 cultivated hectars of grapewine following the laws of biological agricolture in Italy. Montepulciano, Pecorino and Cabernet are the raised vines. Bottels produced 6.000

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La Vite Maritata, Ripatransone: artisan wines Le Marche

La Vite Maritata, Ripatransone: artisan wines Le Marche | Wines and People | Scoop.it

Started in 2008, this family managed firm, has 2,5ha of vineyard with local common grapes tipologies such as Passerina, Pecorino, Montepulciano and Sangiovese. The Owner Gabriele illuminati is supported by a team of experts as the Studio Associato Costantini Lucciarini for a limited but quality production of 10.000 bottles

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Silvano Strologo: quality wines of Le Marche

Silvano Strologo: quality wines of Le Marche | Wines and People | Scoop.it

This small family-run farming company was created by a group of farmers, who decided to start cultivating vines in the 1960s.

A particular microclimate influenced by the sun-drenched hills and vicinity to the sea, make cultivation of vines particularly favourable. The ground in the zone of Conero is calcareous (chalky), residing on a base of clay and it is well adapted to cultivation of vines.

Try the Marche Rosato IGT "Rosa Rosae" made with Montepulciano and Sangiovese...

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