The Aurora wines from the Marche are made by a strange hippy-like comune done Italian style, with a focus on an entire ‘utopian’ approach to a self-sustaining lifestyle, including farming and winemaking. These are interesting wines but they will not win over newbies to the naturalist camp.
- The 2011 Passerina (made with the so-named grape) was a low-toned orchard fruit wine, with a waxy moutfeel. It is interesting wine but lacks expression, focusing more on the textural experience. I was not enamored with this wine as it seemed to lack vivacity. $23. Good+.
- The 2011 Offida Fiobbo (made with 100% Pecorino) is particularly delicious, though undeniably unusual. A very funk driven nose turns into a thick, unctuous waxy powerhouse of a wine, with noticeable oak influence on the palate that is filled with nuts and wax. Very Good to Very Good+. $31.
- The 2011 Marche Rosso Superior was big and fruity. It’s a tasty and accessible wine for the $32 it costs. Very Good.