Review of the three red wines currently produced by Cantina Bastianelli in Monte San Pietrangeli, Marche. re david is a blackcurranty Merlot, rusticus a fruity but dry Sangiovese and coppiò is a Montepulciano-based balsamic-tasting delight.
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
Cùmaro is one of the most important wines in the story of Umani Ronchi, and it can also be numbered among the founder members of the family of fine wines from the Conero area.
Deep ruby red colour with garnet tints, presenting an intense bouquet, with the emergence at the start of fine ripe plum, blackcurrant and morello fruit, and a spiced finish of black pepper, vanilla and tobacco. Soft and enfolding in the mouth, with well-smoothed tannins and a pleasant chocolatey finish.
MarcheRuby red colour with purple shades.
The powerful aromas of the bouquet show the complexity of this wine. Excellent flavours of morello cherry, sweet violet, liquorice and spices like vanilla, cinnamon and pepper.
Soft and warm in the mouth, it displays noble tannins and has a strong and persistent flavour. An excellent body stemming from its well defined, balanced components.
Food pairings: spicy fish soups, stockfish ‘all’anconetana’, elaborate meat/game based-dishes, dry-cured cheeses.
Serve at 18° C
Straw-yellow color with lime green reflections. Its aroma is of yellow and exotic fruits. Excellent minerally and savory. Persistent and steely, without loosing elegance. Adaptable to a aging in bottle. Enduring. matches with fish and seasoned cheeses.
Offida Pecorino D.O.C.G. Organic wine - 13 % vol. - 100% Pecorino
Tenuta Santori is a certified organic farm of Ripatransone, in the heart of the Piceno hills.
It is a young and active farm which looks into the future though keep its roots in a tradition which belongs to a land where wine has always been good.
There are about thirty hectares where olive trees and vineyards are cultivated following strictly the guidelines of the organic farming and where native grape varieties of this area are selected such as Montepulciano, Sangiovese, Pecorino, Passerina and Trebbiano.
For a tasty Italian white, try the 2013 Cantina Colli Rapani Pharus “Rugaro” Pecorino, Falerio D.O.C., Italy. Located in Italy's Marche province, Cantina Colli Ripani comprises a grower-owned cooperative dedicated to producing high-quality wines epitomizing terroir.
Regional rivers, sheltering mountains on three sides and high-altitude vineyards with proximity to the Adriatic Sea allow the grapes to ripen slowly and evenly while retaining plenty of fresh acidity.
This wine has a light golden color with ripe pineapple and light herbal notes. Crisp citrus and tropical fruit flavors balance with fresh acidity through the fruity, round finish. Highly recommended.
This white blend offers crisp citrus flavors and green apple.
Region: Marche, Italy
Goes with: Perfectly pairs with grilled fish or shrimp.
Why I chose it: This white takes me to the beach! A delicious and refreshing white that is a blend of Chardonnay, Fiano, Malvasia, and more local white grape varieties from the Marche region of Italy, which borders the beautiful Adriatic.
Radiosa Offida Passerina DOCG is vinified separately with cold pre-fermentative maceration for 24 hours. Soft pressed grapes, alcoholic fermentation at a controlled temperature and successive maturation in steel vats for some months.
COLOUR Straw yellow colour with light green reflections.
FRAGRANCE Intense and enveloping aroma typical of Passerina grape wine. Apple and pineapple sensations.
FLAVOUR Full-bodied wine mitigated by a lively freshness.
FOOD PAIRINGS It’s a good match for seafood dishes, but also for appetizers and
Dante grew up among vines and olive trees. His love for the land and the experience passed on by his father Emidio, pushed him to work harder and to offer others the fruit of his labours. This is how the idea to start selling the wine he produced directly from his front door was born. This spirit of sacrifice and initiative rewarded his efforts and traced the furrow for the new generations.
Along with mineral backbone, Cantina Mezzanotte Verdicchio offers a refreshing squirt of lime on the palate, maybe even a little more intense lime peel now and again, with a finish of almonds that gives this varietal its distinct taste. Makes for a refreshing chilled aperitif as well as appropriate accompaniment to fish, fowl or a brodetto ("broth") made from either. [...]
Bright straw yellow color with light gold reflections. Aromas of broom and elderflower, marine and mineral hints with a delicate touch of vanilla, great evolution during aging. Full bodied, with good acidity to balance the fruitiness, sapid and mineral, well balanced and long finish. Serving temperature 14°C approx. with elaborated first courses, fish, white meat, vegetable soups. [...]
5 Grappoli by Bibenda is a prestigious prize for wines. 5 Grappoli means "five grapes" and the "Bibenda sommelier association" awards this way excellent wines that range between 91 and 100 points in the tasting sessions
Here the list of wines from Le Marche Region prized with 5 Grappoli 2015 by Bibenda
The Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) system first started in 1963 and today there are 329 different DOC’s and 73 DOCG’s. The Italian system was originally designed to champion the indigenous grapes of Italy and wines with higher-tiered DOCG status contain unique-to-Italy grapes. Still, producers make very high quality wines with French grapes as well, such as the Super Tuscan blend with Merlot and Cabernet. However, since the grapes are not of Italian origin, the wines are typically demoted to IGT status.
Here are some common Italian wine terms that are useful to know:
Autochthonous vine with white grapes once common only in the hilly and mountainous areas, the Pecorino finds nowadays its place of choice on the cool hills of the Piceno in the Region Marche and, rediscovered and appreciated, he reveals organoleptic characteristics first unexpressed.
The farm offers his interpretation of the Pecorino, wine-made in purity. It is a wine which holds the character and tradition of the territory, and contains important approvals also abroad, thanks to its fruity and floral aromas and the pleasant acid taste.
Straw yellow with greenish hues, intense aroma with floreal, ripe yellow fruit and a good note of minerality. In the mouth it is fresh and the body, of good taste and smell. Pair with appetizers, first courses, cheeses and, of course, seafood.
Only pure Verdicchio grapes, grown at 3000 vines per hectare with about 3 kg of grapes per vine: this is the balance that we look for, and quality results from a physiological relationship between soil, plant and climate. We harvest when the grapes are mature according to three factors: sugar, pH, total acidity. We vinify only those clusters that, at the right maturity, have perfect health and a golden-green appearance. The process of vinification involves criomaceration followed by fermentation at 13°C to preserve the maximum possible load of primary and secondary aromas. After decanting, we keep the wine partially in toasted oak barrels and partially in steel barrels for a year; the wine is then aged in bottle for another year.
This wine has very high limits only with red meat, and is excellent with white meat, with elaborate fish dishes, with young or aged cheese, with any Italian pasta and as an aperitif accompanying hot, well-flavoured dishes.
Excellent as a wine to enjoy during evening conversations or as a sensory frame to moments of intense and intimate hedonism.
Alcoholic strength: 14 %
Colour: yellow with golden hues and greenish tones.
Bouquet: floral aromas, spicy, with suggestions of dried apricot and honey, often accompanied by hints of menthol and licorice. Taste: A very complex profile in the mouth, an aromatic fruit salad containing both primary and tertiary aromas. Strong minerality and spiciness.
The estate Tenuta Colli di Serrapetrona lies on the steep hills of Macerata, in the heart of Marche, 500 meters above sea level. Climbing the steep hills, our vineyards overlook the uncontaminated valleys that run from Sibillini Mountains to the Adriatic Sea. Our estate has been created with the intention of bringing back to life the Vernaccia Nera, an old and precious grape variety, all along cultivated in this narrow land strip. A project of re-valorization that starts from the vineyards, to the rediscovery of the traditions and the relationship with our people, for a deeper awareness of the richness of our land and the uniqueness of its resources. [...]
Le Marche is one of Italy’s last untouched wine regions. Even with some of Italy’s most famous appellations just to the west, Le Marche geography - sandwiched between a mountain range and miles of pristine ocean coastline - has kept it a bit off the beaten path in the wine world. But the charms of this rural region have kept its vines solidified in traditional flavor. Innovation and tradition is what the Poderi Capecci San Savino Winery has to offer.
Reds and whites are produced in equal share in Marches. The most diffuse and famous white variety is Verdicchio, dry, almost aromatic, very pale that must contain at least 85% of the grape that carries the same name. There are two major Verdicchio DOC, one in Jesi and the other one in Matelica. They are both extremely elegant whites able to accompany a wide range of dishes. They also age for along time and some Manufacturers in Jesi still offer bottles that are over 20 years old. Verdicchio can challenge today, in terms of elegance and age capability the best wines of Burgundy.
Le Marche is definitely the emerging wine region of Italy, an Infographic let you understand the relation between indigenous grapes and territory
Cyclicity and Karma are the keywords that inspire the design of the new Organic line labels, designed and produced for Cantina Colli Ripani. The primary goal is to leverage the new identity of the bottles to convey the theme of organic production and environmental sensitivity by stressing the value of respect and an objectively good product quality. [...]
Italian wine writer: 2012 Garofoli Macrina Veridcchio dei Castelli di Jesi from the Marche wine region of Italy.
The Marche wine region in Italy is one of the regions I've discovered the least due to the lack of accessibility of wines. Studying for this Italian wine exam has really opened my eyes to the world of Italian wines even further and has made it so much more exciting with the boat loads of information I have to share with you. I've had people ask me “Don't you ever run out of material to write about?” It's hard for me not to laugh as I'll never run out of material to share with you with the amount of grapes and wineries all throughout Italy that are dying for us to explore them. [...]
La Distesa was established with the desire to produce natural wines, the way nature had intended them to be created. Moving beyond the organic trend, maintaining respect to the soil and vines, the complexities of seasonal changes and natural evolution challenge natural winemaking. [...]
100% Verdicchio In order to maintain the typicality and characteristics of the traditional Verdicchio, yield per hectare is kept low and harvesting is slightly delayed. This results in a wine that is richly complex and elegant with a solid structure that assures substantial longevity. Medium consistency with areas rich in clay alternating with zones with a great deal of sand.
Fruity and remarkably elegant with a predominance of scents of ripe fruit such as peaches, apples and exotic varieties; intense and elegant at the same time Sapid and firmly structured with a note of freshness that is extremely pleasing
Adapted to introductory dishes of fish, including fried and roasted seafood, as well as mixed fries of different meats, vegetables and olives alla marchigiana
OFFIDA PECORINO D.O.C.G.
Alcohol Content: 13,50% Vol.
Grape Variety: 100% Pecorino
Ageing Process in Barrels: min. 6 months
Colour: Intense straw-yellow with noticeable golden nuances, rich and bright taste
Bouquet: Intense and sweet notes of ripe yellow fruit and yellow small roses with vanilla flavour, the olfactory spectrum is medium complex and refined.
Taste: It is dry, warm, soft, fresh and full-flavoured, with the same vanilla flavours as the direct scent.
Food to serve with: The wine is mature and ideal with elegant and spicy fish dishes, roast white meats and semi-mature cheese
Temperature: To be served at 12°-14°C in large glasses