Very attractive nose, luscious front palate with lots of white summer fruits, crisp acidity on the finish with a lovely freshness.
The Marche on Italy's Adriatic coast is better than most regions at offering great value Italian wine, delivering both personality and value in reds and whites. It is in areas like this I am delighted to meet winemakers like the Bartolomei family.
They are firmly committed to tradition and making wine that represents their terroir-that unique and inimitable combination of soil, microclimate, aspect and local environmental factors which sets one place apart from another. Natalino Bartolomei started the estate in 1970, calling it Ciu Ciu in memory of his father, who worked on the railroads-it really is as it sounds!
Now, his sons Walter and Massimiliano continue their father's work, keeping at the core of their philosophy quality and respect for the land. This regard for tradition explains the lovely range of local, indigenous grape varieties grown here, a pure joy in a world awash with predictable medioctity.