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. There are 5 DOCG wines and 16 DOC wines. From the prestigious and famous Verdicchio, to the Vernaccia di Serrapetrona, from the Offida Pecorino to the Offida Passerina. Also: Bianchello del Metauro, Colli Maceratesi, Colli Pesaresi, Esino, Falerio dei Colli Ascolani, I Terreni di Sanseverino, Lacrima di Morro d'Alba, Rosso Conero, Pergola, Rosso Piceno, San Ginesio 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
The IWC, The International Wine Challenge has prized the Campodarchi Oro Bianchello del Metauro 2012 with the gold medal.
Tasting Notes: Wonderful floral and candied orange and cedar qualities, mingle with a hint of wet stone. The palate is rich, weighty. Intense stone fruits and apple pie dance on the palate. Super acid and length. A beautiful example of traditional varieties made in a sympathetic style.
This wine is well named as it is simply gorgeous. As usual from Piceno this is a Montepulciano/Sangiovese blend, jam-packed with delicious red and black fruits, lingering cherry and blackberry and touches of violets. The name references one of Michaelangelo’s famous colours
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We enjoy dining at Lincoln Ristorante before performances at Lincoln Center ... We ordered the four-course prix fixe menu at $76, a real bargain by New York standards. From the recommended wine list we ordered a bottle of 2009 Rosso Piceno Superiore, Velenosi ‘Roggio del Filare,’ (Marche.) This blend of 70% Sangiovese and 30% Montepulciano was very good and a complement to the cuisine. [...]
Ruby-red with garnet reflections. Refined and persistent bouquet, accentuated by extensive ageing in barrels. Fruity taste of prunes, blackberries and sour black cherries." “Aromas and flavors of cocoa, dried herbs, tobacco, cassis, and cherry jam. This is a tremendous, modern-styled blend. Exceptional!”
The opening seminar of the TerroirMarche fair/conference is devoted to Marche wines as an expression of Apennine viticulture.
With the influence of the Adriatic, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi is rightfully considered a maritime appellation.
Matelica, on the other hand, is located in a north-south running valley surrounded on either side by the central Apennines.
Diurnal temperature variation gives the appellation a continental climate. [...]
The Block, at the corner of Capitol and Virginia streets in downtown Charleston - is an epicurean’s dream come true with a deliciously enticing menu and a wine list that is extensive and well thought out.
I chose Bisci Verdicchio from around the commune of Matelica in the Italian state of Marche. The verdicchio grown and vinted in this part of Italy is much superior to the wine made from the same grape grown closer to the Adriatic Sea. Those wines can be light and almost flavorless. The Matelica region is further inland and in a less fertile area which forces the verdicchio vines to work harder, and the resulting wine to be fuller and richer. [...]
Organic wine “DONNA ORGILLA” name derived from the wife of the old feudatory of Cossignano village.
The FIORANO farm produces this particular white wine which is obtained from indigenous Pecorino grapes, a very old vine of the Picenum province of Marche region. From 2011 Pecorino wines is a DOCG wine. The high total acidity and high sugar concentration give this wine a special structure.
Organically produced grapes. The vineyards are grass covered all year round and fertilized by leguminous cover crops and organic fertilizer.
Grapes hand-picked in crates and crushed and stemmed immediately. Light pressing of the bunches, must at the controlled temperature <10°C. Cold maceration for <18 h. Matured with sediment in steel stainless tank with indigenous selected yeasts for 6 months, refined in bottles for 2/4 months.
Sensory profile Straw yellow colour with hints of green. White pulp fruits aroma, with citrus notes. Good acidity, mineral, sapid with great persistence and harmony. Light filtration before bottling.
This 2011 is a special wine from a year most noteworthy for its very dry and hot August and September. The abnormal heat gave us beautifully healthy grapes but the sugar content due to evaporation inside the grapes was high. The heady perfumes of peach and tropical fruits are your first indication this is a special wine. It is very well balanced and complex and matches up well with white meats or can be enjoyed on its own. Alcohol content: 15.5% vol.
The Le Marche region has a lot to offer to wine lovers. There are 5 DOCG wines and 16 DOC wines. From the prestigious and famous Verdicchio, to tthe Vernaccia di Serrapetrona, from the Offida Pecorino to the Offida Passerina. Also: Bianchello del Metauro, Colli Maceratesi, Colli Pesaresi, Esino, Falerio dei Colli Ascolani, I Terreni di Sanseverino, Lacrima di Morro d'Alba, Rosso Conero, Pergola, Rosso Piceno, San Ginesio
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.
These killer V's, from the cooler climes of eastern Italy, are well worth getting to know.
Growing area: the Marche, province of Ascoli Piceno.
Location: in the area between the communes of Offida, Ripatransone and Acquaviva Picena.
Appearance: a deep straw-yellow colour, with greenish highlights.
Bouquet: intense draughts of pungent Mediterranean scrub and delicate spicy impressions.
Palate: quite smooth and rounded, but at the same time crisp, with a vibrant acidity and minerality that make this wine deliciously approachable. [...]
Peko’ gets its name from the grapevine Pecorino, whose story begins in the Piceno tradition of sheep-farming. Peko 'is a young wine, of a pleasant and lively freshness, but with a well structured body. On the nose, vibrant shades of green, jasmine and apple in evidence against a backdrop of tropical fruit. In the mouth it is ample and fresh; minerality and good structure mitigate the alcoholic power. Long echo with a slight almond finish.
Pecorino 100%, best with stuffed pasta in white sauce, fish soup and fish in general, but also white meats in sauces made from herbs, fresh cheese or mushrooms
Serving at 8°-10°C.
Derbyshire wine merchant Tim Worth, from Worth Brothers, in Kirk Langley, looks at Italian wines after being inspired by the Giro d'Italia [...]
Switching from one side of Italy to the other, takes us to the central eastern coastal region of Marche, the setting for stage 10 of the race. In the Marche, Verdicchio, is the prized white grape variety and Monte Schiavo is one of the best producers. I rate all their wines but I particularly enjoy the Pallio di San Floriano Verdicchio Classico Superiore, which has aromas of honey and almond blossom and a rich full flavoured peach palate with subtle mineral notes.
Intense straw-yellow, very bright with golden-green reflections.
Complex, ample bouquet. Fruity and floral followed by vegetal notes of sage and flint-stone minerals.
Dry, soft and sapid with a perfect balance between the hard and soft components. Very long persistence and perfect correspondence with the fruity floral.
Raw pork salted meat of any kind, medium matured cheeses, first course pasta and rice dishes with vegetable sauces and mushrooms, white truffle, seafood and shellfish. Grilled fish, noble fish cooked in a sauce, shellfish cooked in any manner, white meats cooked in a sauce.
Pale yellow and a good consistency. It presents fruity aromas of peach and apricot along with yeasts. Outstanding floral sensations of hawthorn, acacia and well-defined broom. Soft and well structured, it shows typicalities of Verdicchio: sapidity, acidity and a bitter aftertaste. Good general balance and a not too dry end due to the slightly late harvest. Perfect with main courses of fish, especially fatty fish like salmon, turbot and monkfish. It can still be nicely paired with white meat. Alcohol content 13,5 % vol. Temperature of service 12° C
This red wine is redolent of roses. Really. Like rolling in a deep pile of intensely fragrant rose petals. Maybe wild strawberries, too. [...]
Lacrima di Morro d’Alba from Morro d’Alba in the Marche region of Italy: Lacrima means teardrop in Italian, and the name has been given to some grape varieties that begin to split and ooze a bit of juice as they ripen.
People here, in and around the quaint village of Offida [Le Marche], seem seriously committed to putting this rare grape variety firmly on the world map of wine. With it they have a story to tell and, more importantly, their ticket to get into impenetrable export markets. [...]
Verdicchio cultivated organically and made using natural winemaking techniques makes for the perfect white wine for spring.
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Verdicchio is a light grape variety with high acidity and an abundance of green fruit character. It is this mix of delicate apple and pear flavour alongside a vibrant streak of acidity that offers genuine seasonal drinking.
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 work. 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.
Finding Le Marche with #ItalianFWT Our #ItalianFWT group is off to Le Marche this month (virtually).
Vino Travels – Vernaccia di Serrapetrona: A 3 fermentation wine
Cooking Chat – Orechiette and Sausage with a Marche White Wine
Rockin Red Blog – Marche revisited for #ItalianFWT
Christy’s Palate – Le Marche: Verdicchio with Spaghetti & Clams
Enofylz Wine Blog – A Taste of March: Chicken in Potacchio with Sararelli Verdicchio
Food Wine Click – Hidden Treasures from Le Marche
2009 Carminucci, Naumachos, Rosso Piceno Superiore – $18
Imported by Verity Wine Partners. This wine is a blend of 70% Montepulciano and 30% Sangiovese that was aged in French oak. Alcohol 14%. There were aromas of ripe fruit, cedar, and mature notes. In the mouth were focused flavors of ripe black and blue fruit that had attractive texture and density. The maturity was evident in the middle. The texture continued through the wine as a hint of minerals, a little smoke, and creamy blue fruit wrapped things up.