From Alba ? Must be from Piedmont -- Yes ? No ! It's from Le Marche ! A top everyday red from a tiny DOC. A wine you won't have heard of -- but will enjoy !
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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
Smell – Rich and expansive with lots of dark fruit including plum and black cherry. Earthy and green herbal notes meld with anise and hints of cigar tobacco and smoke.
Feel – Smooth and dry, this full-bodied wine has easy acidity, a kick of spice and firm but well developed tannins, resulting in a chewy and plush feel. After breathing a bit, the wine becomes cool on the tongue and smooth but remains well structured.
Taste – Plush, rich and round with jammy red & black plum and ripe black cherry melding with earthy and herbal notes and a touch of white pepper. Hints of wild anise along with the cigar tobacco and mocha from the nose adds complexity and depth.
Finish – Clean and long with this wine’s firm and well developed tannins framing the ripe fruit and lingering licorice and mocha begs for another sip
Marche, Italy, $10
This crisp, delicious wine is predominantly trebbiano, a grape that typically yields nondescript correct, if uninteresting, wines. This one, however, is vibrant and refreshing, ideal as an aperitif or as a partner to salads and other light appetizers. The blend includes a grape called pecorino, not to be confused with the cheese of the same name but great for conversation. Stock up on this one for the spring and summer. ABV: 12.5 percent.[...]
Till date, the country is quite popular for its wines. If you will think of visiting the places where wines are manufactured, Veneto, Tuscany or Piedmont will arise in your mind. Besides this, Le Marche is not a place that is popular all over the world; it does produce some top quality wines Falerio dei coli Ascolani and Verdicchio dei Castelli among the white wine and Rosso Piceno and Rosso Conero aming the red wines also. Vernaccia is one such popular red wine. Be sure that, top quality wines in Italy has the label Denominazione d’Origine Controllata(DOC). The labels of wines promote the production of quality wines. Italian wines, nevertheless, have become the regular consumption item for the local people and also the visitors, no matter whatever is the label. The Conero peninsula near the Arcona is a region of natural beauty and also the home of Rosso Conero which is a full bodied red wine manufactured with a minimum of eighty five percent Montepulciano and maximum Sangiovese grape in the regions of Ascoli Piceno, Fermo, Macerata, and Ancona. [...]
Lying at 442m above sea level, in the heart of the Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi appellation, is La Staffa. Here two appellations of the well-known Verdicchio are produced, Castelli di Jesi and Matelica. Castelli di Jesi wines have created the area's reputation for Verdicchio as a drinkable wine of refreshing simplicity with an affordable pricetag.
The estate stretches over 230 ha, 20 km outside the town of Jesi and benefits from clay-sandy soil and favorable microclimate conditions. The winery was founded by Mario Baldi in 1983 with the support of oenologist Umberto Trombelli, when he cultivated vineyards on most of his land, paying particular attention to the Verdicchio varietal. [...]
This wine can be red or white and its production area covers the entire area of Macerata province and the municipality of Loreto, in the province of Ancona. The white wine is almost exclusively made from ‘Maceratino’ grapes (minimum 70% for “Colli Maceratesi and 85% for “Colli Maceratesi Ribona”)...
“Colli Maceratesi Rosso” is mostly made from Sangiovese grapes (50% to 100%), to which other red grapes, typically Montepulciano, can be added. It comes in three types: Novello, Rosso, and Rosso Riserva (minimum ageing 24 months). [...]
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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. [...]
Authentic, ripe and spicy. The estate was found in 1970, backed by the ideas of quality driven winemaking and respect for the local terroir. The estate has since grown and is now spread over 150 hectares of vines, but is still family owned and focuses on growing the best grapes and producing wine of great quality and amazing value. [...]
“ORANO” is a pure Sangiovese, with fruit fermented on the skins for about 15-20 days, followed by malolactic fermentation in barriques, with about 12 months aging to follow.
This Sangiovese is intense ruby red in colour and elevates the concept of drinkability to another plane.
Intense cherry, tobacco and spice aromas on the nose are nuanced with a hint of sweetness.
On the palate, the wine’s typical acidity is softened by good structure, just the right amount of alcohol, with a rich, mature tannic weave. The finale is not overly long and rings with echoes of juicy red berries. Excellent with game or red - even spicy - meats. Serve at room temperature.
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January has been a lucky month for one of the most prestigious winery in Le Marche.
Ciù Ciù has won another important prize with one of its prestigious labels: Red wine IGT Marche OPPIDUM 2010 was awarded the gold medal at the international competition “Mundus Vini BioFach 2015″.
In addiction, the prestigious guide Gilbert & Gaillard has awarded with the gold medal two Ciù Ciù wines, assigning them a score of 90/100.
The winning wines are the Rosso Piceno D.O.P. Superiore Gotico 2010 and the Offida D.O.C.G. Pecorino Merlettaie 2013.
This is great wine, plush but long and fresh with extreme balance. It’s astonishingly good Verdicchio.
The Marche. Most people don’t know where this is, let alone that you can get such high quality white wine from it. In my view Villa Bucci make some of the best white wines in Italy for the price. [...]
Situated in eastern central Italy, Saladini Pilastri produces good value wines from sangiovese and montepulciano grapes. This wine is a blend of both, and it has a little French oak to bring it all together. Here in the southern part of the Marches, close to the Adriatic Sea, the maritime climate ripens the grapes to perfection, yielding a pleasant, approachable wine with soft tannins, good acidity and that little cherry bite that foretells central Italy and sangiovese
Yesterday a group of wine passionate have been educated in the fine art of wine appreciation at Dominick’s Restaurant. The 60 Minute Wine Class highlighted the Le Marche region wines, taught by renowned sommelier Susan Brink.
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Gli Eremi is Verdicchio in purity from a single vineyard of older vines exposed full south in the heart of the San Michele cru. The area once a sea and Corrado believes the shimmering minerality and saltiness you find in wines from here can be attributed to this. The wine spends a total of 18 months on it’s lees and during this time the wine gains wonderful texture and complexity, which become increasingly endearing with age.
Domodimonti winery is a boutique style of house situated in the picturesque countryside of Montefiore dell'Aso in the region Le Marche in Italy. In 2003 Francesco and his wife Marisa got the opportunity to buy a vineyard with forty hectares of vines and 8 hectares of olives groves. Suddenly a dream burning for such a long time came to opportunity in the region they grow up. [...]
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Walter Bartolomei, the winemaker behind our bestselling Ciu Ciu range, came to a wet and windy Ireland last week to get a break from all the balmy winter sun on Italy’s Adriatic Coast. He dropped in to say hello on his travels and we took the opportunity to ask him a few questions about his work and his wines. [...]
A significant 40% of its production is DOP wine, and another 33% is from the single IGP Marche. This makes the region somewhat unusual in that 73% of production is DOC or IGP compared to the regional average of under 50%. A lot of should-be-good wine is falling into ignominious obscurity. [...]
You probably know Pecorino cheese, but do you know Pecorino wine? This ancient varietal takes its name from a legendary association with the pastoral traditions of the Piceni, the Italic peoples inhabiting the area named Picenum (Piceno) by the Romans, present-day Marche. [...]
Gentle pressing and a long, cold fermentation in stainless steel ensure the delicate aromas of white peach, Queen Anne cherry, meadow flowers and almond. On the palate, creamy notes of apricot, yellow plum, Meyer Lemon and marzipan give way to a brisk, minerally finish. [...]
Experience one of the greatest local wines in Marche, Italy. We will take you on a guided tour through four wineries.
During our stay on the east coast of Italy we decided to spend some time in a small old village outside Ancona called Ripatransone.
One of the reasons why we wanted to visit this place was because of all the local wineries. The, district Marche, is known for being one of the best wine producers in Italy. [...]
An extraordinary wine, capable of redefining the limits of Verdicchio. A Riserva obtained from the fermentation and subsequent ageing for one year in small French casks. The incredible structure, persistent flavours, intense bouquet and enviable longevity are a rarity amongst white wines. Produced exclusively in outstanding vintages, San Sisto is considered one of the world’s great white wines [...]
The Antichi Poderi del Conero estate has its family and winemaking roots on the Conero Riviera, amid the suggestive hills overlooking the Adriatic in the Marche region, more precisely the province of Ancona. It is here that the family of the Leopardi counts has lived for many generations and it is here that Piervittorio Leopardi Dittajuti, the estate’s current owner, has been operating since the 1980s. [...
The Sorlivio 2010 by Vigneti Vallorani, an Organic Sangiovese aged 22 months in french oak barrels, he received the coveted award for “Excellence” in the guide "Le Marche nel Bicchiere 2015" (“Le Marche in the glass”) published by AIS Marche (Regional branch of the Italian Sommelier Association ). The awards ceremony was held on December 12, at the beautiful historic theater Raffaello Sanzio of Urbino in the presence of regional authorities, Ais and journalists.
10°C maceration for 4 days with manual crushing, fermentation, followed by further maceration in full tanks for a contact with the skins for a total of 45 days. Malolactic fermentation on the skins. Racking and batonnage for the following two months.
18 months in new french oak barriques, 6 months of blending, followed by 12 months of aging in the bottle.
Intense ruby red color with light garnet reflections. Complex bouquet with elegant, open, spicy, cocoa dust and some earthy aromas. A full bodied and sapid taste. Tannins are soft and smooth. Best with game, roasts, grilled meats with balsamic vinegar.