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How to get your wines to US market

How to get your wines to US market | Wines and People | Scoop.it
Two years ago, at a major Italian wine tasting in New York, I asked a Barolo winemaker friend if he had a suggestion for a new and interesting line of wines.

Via Vitabella Luxury Wine / Twitter @Vitabellawine / Also check www.vitabella.fr, Aida Guemati
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TAVOLO14's comment, November 2, 2012 10:59 AM
Nice post.
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(www.marchebreaks.com) There are so many good wines in the world and so few well-known winemakers, especially in Le Marche
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Wines from “where time has stood still”, from Le Marche to US,

Wines from “where time has stood still”, from Le Marche to US, | Wines and People | Scoop.it

Jonathan Zeiger began ZGR Imports in 2012 focusing on a little-talked about wine region called Le Marche with the idea that good wine enriches the body and the soul and that tourism and connections with others plays a significant role. In fact, his wine journey began with the help of other wine and culture lovers whom he met in Italy. Each product is hand-selected for its quality, its palatability and its connection to the culture, Wines from “where time has stood still”, something you won’t find in mass distribution.
Founded in 2012, ZGR imports is a distributor of the finest wines and products from the Le Marche region of Italy. Our brands reflect the magnificent culture of Le Marche, and we proudly stand behind every producer we represent.

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Bucci, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC Classico, Superiore, Ostra Vetere, Marche, Italy, 2011, 13.5% abv

Bucci, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC Classico, Superiore, Ostra Vetere, Marche, Italy, 2011, 13.5% abv | Wines and People | Scoop.it

Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi is a DOC located in the Marche province of Italy on the country’s east coast. It’s located north of Abruzzo province and south of Emilia Romagna.
About 30 km inland from the town of Ancona, it is heavily affected by the Adriatic Sea’s cooling evening breezes that offer the area a strong diurnal shift; the difference between day and nighttime temperatures enables the grapes to retain high acidity and the wines to be crisp and refreshing.
This wine comes from the Classico zone. There is another Verdicchio zone – de Matelica which is further inland, has higher altitude and offers a fuller style of wine. [...]

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Tenuta Cocci Grifoni: TERROIR PICENO

The wines of Tenuta Cocci Grifoni come to life in the heart of the Marche region and are the most authentic and genuine feature of a charming corner of Italy. A region rich in art, nature, culture and age-old traditions, which are perfectly represented in the elegant works of art of the fifteenth century artist Carlo Crivelli, whose colours reflect the magnificent scenarios of the Marche region. A land where even cuisine is an art and, thanks to its enviable geographic location, combines the fish of its sea with its inland delicacies: cured meats, cheeses, jams, honey, olive oil, fragrant truffles, hand made pasta, simple yet tasty desserts, are just some enduring flavourable memories of those who visit this region. It is in this area of the ancient Piceno civilization, the pulsing heart of the Marche region, that the wines of Tenuta Cocci Grifoni mature, ready to awaken the taste buds and the heart to intense and authentic sensations and emotions.

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Real Wines from Le Marche in Bologna | Gusto Nudo - HERETIC WINEMAKERS

Real Wines from Le Marche in Bologna | Gusto Nudo - HERETIC WINEMAKERS | Wines and People | Scoop.it

From the 3rd to the 5th of May 2014 HERETIC WINEMAKERS from Le Marche will be in  Bologna for GUSTO NUDO.

Gusto Nudo is support and showcase for some of the many Italian winemakers who still rely on a method of working in accordance with the cultural and producing tradition from which they come from, a way of cultivating the soil that is as respectful of nature as possible, in every aspect: landscape, biodiversity, seasonal cycles, soil nutrients, refusal of chemical of synthesis and genetic manipulations. 

Here the list of Le Marche Winemakers representatives of this Real Wine's Kermesse:

Aurora
Fiorano
La Distesa
La marca di san Michele
La valle del sole
Vallorani
Ca’ Liptra

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Le Marche Wines in Canada | Whites of a different stripe

Le Marche Wines in Canada | Whites of a different stripe | Wines and People | Scoop.it

Tired of the same old Pinot Grigio? Bored senseless by Sauvignon Blanc? These unique whites from Vintages have got you covered.

  • Casal di Serra Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore 2011, $17.95 - Made from the Verdicchio grape, this wine hails from the Marche region in central Italy. Serve with asparagus risotto. Ponce notes: The nose tempts with delicate aromas of pears and white flowers. It’s fresh and zippy with a rich vein of minerality and a pinch of sea salt on the finish.
  • d’Arenberg The Hermit Crab Viognier Marsanne 2012, $19.95
  • Estate Argyros Assyrtiko 2011, $22.95



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Piceno's Wines deserve more | Visiting Le Marche - Part I

Piceno's Wines deserve more | Visiting Le Marche - Part I | Wines and People | Scoop.it

I spent the last week in Offida, Italy where I was inivited to attend Piceno Open, a wine tasting for selected wine writers, importers and wine bloggers. The event was organized by Vinea Marche, a cooperative with over 850 members in the Ascoli Piceno region. The tight program of Piceno Open consisted of three blind tastings and wineries visits of our choice. Participants also had the opportunity to taste many of the wines together with a representative of the winery.
Grape growing has a long tradition in Ascoli Piceno but only in the last two decades wine making has become more serious but even today the majority of the grape growers in the region sell their grapes to a third party instead of making wine out of them. This applies not only to Ascoli Piceno but to all of Le Marche. [...]
Anyways, recently more and more grape growers built brand new and highly modern wineries in order to switch from grape growing to wine making. They have great potential of making outstanding wines. Some of these new wineries also started to experiment with international grape varieties and the region now offers a great diversity of red and white wines. [...]

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DOC & DOCG appellations in Ascoli Piceno
There are two DOC and one DOCG appellation in the Ascoli Piceno region as well as one IGT wine. Below you find a some information about them

Rosso Piceno DOC
Rosso Piceno Superiore DOC
Falerio dei Colli Ascolani DOC
Offida DOCG consists in three variants: Offida Rosso, Offida Pecorino and Offida Passerina.
Marche IGT

Blind Tasting Highlights
2013 Tenuta La Riserva Offida DOCG Passerina
2013 Velenosi Villa Angela Offida DOCG Pecorino
2013 San Filippo Offida DOCG Pecorino
2011 Aurora Barricadiero Offida DOCG Rosso
2011 Villa Grifoni Offida DOCG Rosso

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Falerio Pecorino 'Rugaro', Cantina Colli Ripani, 2012

Falerio Pecorino 'Rugaro', Cantina Colli Ripani, 2012 | Wines and People | Scoop.it

Pecorino - the grape - is grown in may areas of Italy but it is here - Le Marche - that it is believed to have its origins. It is often blended with other white varietals, but this example is a 'pure' one. A medium to full bodied dry palate demonstartes medium acidity and a vein of minerality. The fruit is quite exotic, with melon and mango coming to the fore, backed up by subtle citric hints.

Given the name, it's not too surprising to find that this wine pairs well with cheese! Try it too with fish dishes. This wine has won many awards down the years, most notably  in the Gambero Rosso guide of 2011 and the Veronelli 'Guida Oro' of the same year.

Grapes: 100% Pecorino

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La Grande Bellezza of Opera Wine 2014 Celebrates Diversity with Non-Traditional Regions Among its Top 100 Italian Wines

La Grande Bellezza of Opera Wine 2014 Celebrates Diversity with Non-Traditional Regions Among its Top 100 Italian Wines | Wines and People | Scoop.it

Last week, Vinitaly International announced this year’s list of the Top 100 Italian wines, as chosen by US-based Wine Spectator Magazine, for the third annual Opera Wine, the premier showcase for the 48th edition of Vinitaly. This year’s list includes six new producers, who all hail from lesser-known wine regions - Lombardy, Marche, Sardinia, Basilicata, Calabria and Puglia - and strive to act as spokespersons for their respective home territories. [...]

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[...]“At Opera Wine, we hope to convey the wine culture of our region – a territory of incredible potential, which is never appreciated enough,” explains Giovanna Bianchi, communications director at Il Pollenza in the Marche region. “The idea for us was to create a modern winery that is dynamic and capable of expressing quality at the highest levels. Results like this acknowledgement by Wine Spectator motivate us to work even harder to achieve our objectives.” [...]

http://www.ilpollenza.it/ 

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Wine Quotes

Wine Quotes | Wines and People | Scoop.it
Enjoy of our favorite wine quotes from some of the more memorable characters in history.
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Slow Wine 2014 - The Wine Guide by Slow Food

Slow Wine 2014 - The Wine Guide by Slow Food | Wines and People | Scoop.it

Slow Wine is a guide to the best Italian wines, written by Slow Food editors. Through this app, you will learn the story behind the producers, their vineyards, and Italy's wine-producing regions. 
Slow Food has reviewed a selection of the very best Italian wine producers: 400 wineries and 3,000 wines, completed with thousands of pictures.
Detailed maps of Italy will show you where each wine was masterfully produced. [...]

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How To Open a Bottle of Wine like MacGyver

How To Open a Bottle of Wine like MacGyver | Wines and People | Scoop.it

We've all be there... A great bottle of wine but no way to open it. Here are four ways to MacGyver the bottle.

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A Brief Tour of Central Italy: The Whites

A Brief Tour of Central Italy: The Whites | Wines and People | Scoop.it

Although Italian and international media spotlight is for the most part on wines from Tuscany, there are some less famous wines produced in other parts of central Italy that are both wonderful and have great personality. In my opinion they deserve greater attention because they are extremely valid wines from a sensorial point of view and have a richness that it truly unusual and not only for among Italian wines. Even if each of Italy’s central region deserves its wines examined in depth, here we focused on only a few prime examples, a small panorama of red and white wines that have as their common denominator a very distinct personality.

  • Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi 2009 - Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Doc - Collestefano - Rating 87+ - 12-15 euros
  • Podium 2010 - Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Doc - Garofoli - Rating 88+ - 15-20 euros
  • Cervaro della Sala 2006 - Umbria Igt - Castello della Sala - Rating 88
  • Villa Bucci 2004 - Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Doc Riserva - Bucci - Rating 94 - 30-35 euros - 45-55 euros
  • Trebbiano d Abruzzo 2005 - Trebbiano d’Abruzzo Doc - Valentini 
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A really unusual red wine: Fonte del Re Lacrima di Morro d'Alba

A really unusual red wine: Fonte del Re Lacrima di Morro d'Alba | Wines and People | Scoop.it

Are you stuck in a wine drinking rut? Sick of drinking stuff that tastes just a bit, well, winey? A bit dull? Here's a weird one to get you thinking while you're drinking. I suspect it might divide people into the "wow, that's really interesting" camp and the "wow, that's reallyweird" camp, so choose the right time to open it.
Twirl your glass around a bit, stick your nose in and it smells amazing. Very orangey; also peaches; blossom of some kind; lavender, maybe. Floral and perfumed like a hippy's patchouli-scented boudoir, in my mouth sensing a squirt of honey and lemon, a slice of orange peel. [...]

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Vernaccia di Serrapetrona: Why does not reach success?

Vernaccia di Serrapetrona: Why does not reach success? | Wines and People | Scoop.it

Vernaccia di Serrapetrona is a very particular sparkling wine in which at least 85% made from the indigenous Vernaccia Nera grape. A percentage of the grapes used – regulations say a minimum 40% of Vernaccia – need to raisinate on racks (the same way as when making Vin Santo), after which grapes are fermented and blended with the must of the fresh grapes (sometimes mixed before fermentation). Everything is then put in an autoclave to create the effervescence. Thus you might even say that this is the only wine that is triple fermented.[...]

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Pecorino Wine: Seek out Italian wines if you want the best

Pecorino Wine: Seek out Italian wines if you want the best | Wines and People | Scoop.it

Pecorino, an ancient, rare native white grape of the Marche region, was rescued from the brink of extinction. A few pioneers now make full-bodied, structured wines, with minerality, yellow fruit, spice and nut aromas, that gain complexity with age. These are real food-wines, increasingly cherished in Italy's better restaurants and wine bars.[...]

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Produttori Marchigiani approfittate delle mie pubblicazioni per promuovervi all'estero, Questo articolo lo ha scritto Sangita Tryner di Delilah Fine Food Delicatessen in Victoria Street a Notthingham a sole 2,30h da Londra. Conoscono il Pecorino e non è da tutti ...

http://delilahfinefoods.co.uk/ 

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Cantina Saputi, Colmurano

Cantina Saputi, Colmurano | Wines and People | Scoop.it

Cantina Saputi is a family run business and was started in the sixties with a strong focus on the rural traditions of Le Marche. Founded by Mr Angelo, the grandfather, the farm has been passed on from father to son and nowadays it is in its fourth generation. Alvaro, the present owner, helped by his sons Leonardo and Andrea, has made Saputi’s name well known nationally and internationally in the eno-gastronomic field.
 The philosophy of casa vinicola Saputi sits well in the context of Colmurano, by combining tradition, innovation, new technology, experience and knowledge. The farm is still in the place where the business was born and developed, and retains strong links to the old and native settlement of Colmurano, called “Castru Vecchiu” since Piceni’s time. For this reason, Castru Vecchiu has became the name of Saputi’s first product range. [...]

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Finally... Slow Wine Magazine

Finally... Slow Wine Magazine | Wines and People | Scoop.it

Slow Wine Magazine, is the new digital magazine that aims to provide a fresh look at the Italian wine scene. The 53-page magazine, which will be published six times a year, will be put together with the help of enological experts from all over Italy.

The Slow Wine Magazine aims to offer readers a profound insight into the world of Italian wine, the world’s largest wine producing country, inspired by the cornerstone values of Slow Food. It looks at a variety of factors to evaluate wines in their entirety, taking into consideration environmental sustainability in production, adherence to terroir, craftsmanship and quality-price ratio.

“A completely digital magazine produced in English, Italian and German, it will present our independent vision of the wine world,” says Giancarlo Gariglio, one of the editors of the Slow Wine guide and magazine along with Fabio Giavedoni. “The magazine will be divided into four parts, a long section dedicated to important Italian denominations; a smaller section on a little-known but rapidly improving zones; a retrospective, in other words a tasting of several wines from one great vintage; and vertical tastings.”

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Le marche Wine Review: 2011 PS Winery - Merlot - Marche IGT

Le marche Wine Review: 2011 PS Winery - Merlot - Marche IGT | Wines and People | Scoop.it

PS Winery was founded in 2008 by Dwight Stanford, American and former surgeon and Raffaele Paoloni, Italian and ex-journalist. The two met at the University of Bra (sometimes referred to as the Slow Food University) in Piedmont where they both found out that they shared a common dream: Making “the best wines possible using sustainable and organic farming practices with minimal intervention in the winery.” The winery is sitting on one the scenic hills near the medieval town Offida. It has a size of just six hectares and the first harvest was in 2010 after the main building was constructed. Later that year a tasting room was built as well.
PS Winery produces eight red and two white wines – all in relatively small quantities. For example just 700 bottles of Merlot were produced in 2011.
2011 PS Winery - Merlot - Marche IGTThe 2011 PS Winery Merlot is made with 100% Merlot and after a 10-day fermentation in stainless steel tanks the wine aged for a year in barrique and tonneau. 16% was the label listed ABV. The wine is classified as Marche IGT.
In the glass, the wine had a deep ruby red color.
The nose was harmonic, quite spicy and very intense with aromas of nutmeg, cinnamon, cocoa and marasca cherries. [...]

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How to Visit a Winemaker And Make Everyone Happy

How to Visit a Winemaker And Make Everyone Happy | Wines and People | Scoop.it

Visiting a winemaker is not like anything else, and this guide will help you do it politely, happily and enjoyably for everyone.

Producers are not service workers - Producers are not shopkeepers. Producers are not members of the food-and-service industry. Producers are not tour guides
Timing is everything - Wine estates are busy places. The only time they aren’t busy is in the dead of winter, and then they’re more busy-reduced, rather than flat-out crazy
After timing, planning is everythingIt’s better to arrive early and use your extra minutes to soak in the view than it is to run late.
Use your noodle and Google it  Do your research. You’ll get a lot more out of the visit if you spend about fifteen minutes reading up on the estate before you get there. 
Clothes make the traveler Vineyards tend to be hilly, stony, muddy, sandy, dirty, mucky, rocky, slushy places.
Know your cultureItalians, for example, are very serious about eating lunch at lunchtime, don’t hang around expecting to be invited to lunch 
Make your mama proud - Courtesy is everything and don’t bring little kids along with you—they won’t enjoy it
Wine, wine, wine - Yes, you can swallow. You can also spit. What you can’t do is pour yourself a second glass. 
Smell you later - Don’t wear perfume or cologne. It interferes with your enjoyment of the wine
Do try to buy a bottle of wine
Give a little gratitude If you had a good time, enjoyed yourself, and learned something, email the producer and say thank you

Finally, enjoy yourself  Vineyards are glorious, amazing places, and seeing where the wine comes from, smelling the air that the grapes grew in, feeling the sunshine, and seeing the plants, animals, minerals and love that surrounds those grapes will forever change your understanding of that wine. As will interaction with the humans who make that wine. Visiting a vineyard is a primal, atavistic, gorgeous experience—revel in it. But do it politely, if you please.

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Some of Le Marche wines and producers

Some of Le Marche wines and producers | Wines and People | Scoop.it

The most famous wine product of the central eastern coast is Verdicchio, a dry white whose average quality has increased enormously in recent years yet is rarely expensive. The two best known DOCs for this lemony, potentially characterful grape variety are Verdicchio dei Castelli di Iesi and, from further into the green hills above the coast, Verdicchio di Matelica. The jury is out on which is the better; as is so often the case, the producer is a far better guide to quality. [...]

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Le Marche nel Bicchiere 2014 - the best wine guide to Le Marche Region

Le Marche nel Bicchiere 2014 - the best wine guide to Le Marche Region | Wines and People | Scoop.it

It is available in the book shops the sixth edition of the publication "Le Marche nel Bicchiere 2014," the guide - realized by the Associazione Sommelier Marche (Le Marche Sommelier Association) with the Regional support. Year after year, this guide has reached its prestige among similar specialized publications. The already wide range of information and updates about the wine scenery of the Marche region, extremely rich and varied in terms of food and wine, has been enriched in the 2014 edition by a section all dedicated to sparkling wines.

The guide, written in Italian and English, describes in 382 pages, 167 wineries illustrating more than 400 wines described after the analysis in blind tasting of the Professional Sensory Commission composed by the AIS Marche, who also selected 66 excellent wines and 18 wines with excellent money value. Each tab - in addition to a brief company profile - presents a tasting report of two of the most representative wines, accompanied by a good pairing regional dish and a description of the other wines produced.

The added value of this guide is a monographic section dedicated to the "Cuisine of Herbs", typical of the culinary culture of the Marche,and, in the appendix, in two large sections, Marche wines docg, doc, Igt and "Specialty Products "- describes the areas with vines, wineries and excellence of food in PDO and PGI.

Also this year, for each province of the Marche region, is also presented a dish illustrated in its evolution, from the historical origins of the current recipe.

The flexible layout makes it easy to read and a reliable tool of knowledge of the Marche Region.

Price € 9.90

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Per informazioni:
E-mail: segreteria@aismarche.it

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Tina Birra Paoletti: the craft beer from Ascoli Piceno

Tina Birra Paoletti: the craft beer from Ascoli Piceno | Wines and People | Scoop.it

Produced by: Paoletti
Alcohol content: 4.7% by vol.
Color: Blonde
Type of fermentation: Low
Serving temperature: 8° C
Family beer: Lager
Beer style: European Pale Lager
Style: Bohemian Pilsner

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Le Marche Wines: Azienda Agraria Claudio Morelli, Fano

Le Marche Wines: Azienda Agraria Claudio Morelli, Fano | Wines and People | Scoop.it

Claudio Morelli's company produces the best wine Marche regio with prized bottles of white and red wine.

Very few among all wine Marche region can boast such peculiar organoleptic properties, delicate in white wine Marche region and decided in Red Wine Marche region.

Wine Marche region are wines that cannot be found in any other region, in fact, the production of Wine Marche region is based on the provenance of the wine from a particular grape varieties grown and distributed in the same historic area of origin of the Wine Marche region themselves, so it’s a Wine Marche region and not transplanted from other areas. Come to taste our wine Marche region! [...]

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11 Ways To Turn Wine Corks Into Wedding Decor

11 Ways To Turn Wine Corks Into Wedding Decor | Wines and People | Scoop.it

 #Wine corks are like buttons, old books and vintage photos — they’re collectible (read: inexpensive), perfect for crafts, and make for fun wedding details too! Use them for the little extras like escort card stands and boutonniere flair or for larger scale wedding signs and keepsake guest book. Whether you’re at the vineyard or in your backyard, let these 11 photos below guide your cork wedding decor. [...]

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Brilliance in the form of cork...

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A Brief Tour of Central Italy: The Reds

A Brief Tour of Central Italy: The Reds | Wines and People | Scoop.it

It is no secret that central Italy produces some great reds and back in the day many wines in northern Italy and France were ‘cut’ with wines made from grapes native to central Italy, first among these Montepulciano. There are also a host of other grapes that have a bold structure as well. The following is a small sampling of wines that surprised us for their personality and expressiveness.

  • Kurni 2002 Marche Rosso Igt - Oasi degli Angeli - I chose this vintage because it is the most ‘lithe’ in Kurni’s history, together with 1998, and yet it has an impressive density, beginning with its deep black color. The aromas in the bouquet are at first slightly compressed but then expand like a peacock’s tails with scents of ripe cherry, dried Noberasco prune and sweet licorice. The mouthfeel is quite sweet, rotund, bold and wrapping. A true wonder with its virile and yearning flavor. Rating 93 - 60-80 euros
  • Sagrantino di Montefalco 1997 - Sagrantino di Montefalco Docg - Colpetrone - Rating 86
  • Sagrantino di Montefalco 2004 - Sagrantino di Montefalco Docg - Antonelli San Marco - Rating 89+
  • 25 Anni 1998 - Sagrantino di Montefalco Docg - Arnaldo Caprai - Rating 92
  • Montepulciano d Abruzzo 2001 - Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Doc - Emidio Pepe - Rating 89
  • Montepulciano d Abruzzo 2001- Abruzzo Doc - Valentini - Rating 94
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