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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
Monte Schiavo is one of the largest private wineries of Castelli di Jesi, in the Marche Region. They produce two versions of Rosso Piceno and Rosso Conero, but our opinion is that the best results ever come from their Verdicchio, in particular the Pallio di San Floriano which is one of the most interesting whites aged in stainless steel on the yeasts in the area. The prices for their full line of products are all affordable.
Pallio di San Floriano 2013 - Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Doc Superiore - Monte Schiavo - Points 88 - price 8 euro
From Verdicchio grapes. Aged in stainless steel on the lees for five months. White flowers and typical aromas of bread crumb of when this wine is young. Rich of flavors and consistent at the palate, it will become more dynamic with time.
For your Christmas celebrations we suggest you taste one of these three extraordinary dessert wines from Le Marche.
- Lacrima di Morro d'Alba Passito DOC "Re Sole" Mancinelli
- Lacrima di Morro d'Alba Passito - Conti di Buscareto
- Lacrima di Morro d'Alba Passito - Lucchetti
The grapes of 100% of native clone of Lacrima di Morro d'Alba are picked at the end of September near the village of Morro d’Alba, collected in small cases and shrivelled until the next February. Grapes hung for around 4 months, to dry. Dried grapes are then pressed and the juice fermented with skins for two weeks. The wine is aged in barrels and matured in bottle.
The color is intense ruby red with purple highlights, thick
The fragrance is very intense and persistent, floreal, with hints of rose, with violet notes and soft fruits typical of Lacrima.
Mature jam and with shades of vanilla from ageing in wood
The taste is full bodied, round and persistent, lot of sweet and velvety fruits with a long, elegant and intense finish. Clean, dry sweetness but not cloying.
Correct balance between Lacrima’s bitterness and the sweetness of dessert wine.
This wine is better served with desserts made with dark chocolate, almond pastries at the temperature of 14-16° C
Sparkling wine rosé made with handpicked “Lacrima” grapes soft pressed (white wine vinification process) and subsequently treated in autoclave with Charmat Method.
Settled in the hillsides of the Marche region of Italy, Terre Cortesi Moncaro is a cooperative winery producing delicious, organic wines. The winery manages 4,200 acres of vineyards, one-hundred of which are cultivated organically; in addition to these vineyards, they have roughly 1,200 cooperative growers around the region, who sell their harvested grapes to the winery.[...]
I am partial to a regular Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi, not just when it comes in the super-cool “Gina Lollobrigida” bottles. Okay so not everyone thinks those hourglass bottles are super-cool, but that’s probably because they are not super-cool people.
This Verdicchio di Matelica Poggio alle Rondini is made from the same kind of grapes, but grown up the road on slightly higher slopes, making it quite a bit tastier.
It’s a pale lemon-straw colour with a citrus smell. It’s dry, bone dry, but not lip puckeringly so. It has a minerally acidity, at a medium high level. The flavour cuts through that well with lots of grapefruity goodness and abitterness that’s properly described as almondy, but I find it more peach-stone-like, but then I do like the flavour of peach stones.
I was a big fan of Schweppes’ Russchian years ago before they started to mess with the formula. There’s just a hint of that zingy, bitter deliciousness in this wine. There’s a bit of honey that follows all that zip. It all adds up to quite some mouthfeel so you get a bigger body than you might expect for an everyday Italian wine. The alcohol level is bang on medium, so go ahead with that second glass.
I really enjoyed this wine as something a little different, and I thought it was reasonably priced at £10, but at the moment it’s part of a promotion at Majestic if you order two or more bottles, so you can get it for £7.50 which I think is a great price.
The Saputi famly have been working their five hectares of hillside vineyards since 1984. They produce 8,000 bottles a year of Castru Vecchiu, a white made in steel vats with only Ribona/Maceratino grapes.
It has a bright, straw-yellow color and an intense aroma with scents of peach and apple, acacia and lily of the valley, aromatic herbs and walnut husk. The mouthfeel is agile, warn, soft, fresh and mineral in the finish.
Christmas isn't just about red wine. These gorgeous bottles of white will see you through the festive period. Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico, Pontemagno 2013 Italy (12.5%, Haynes Hanson & Clark, £7.25/£6.38). Crisp, pinprick-sharp, herbaceous, a tiny bit astringent, lemony … a classic dry Italian white from the hills of Le Marche. Asda has the same wine under a different label, Piersanti Verdicchio, for £8. [...]
2014 continues to be an important year for the company: in the long list of awards won in recent times, there is now also the prestigious “Premio Margutta – The streets of the arts” delivered yesterday in Rome: Walter Bartolomei, owner of the company with his brother Maximilian, was awarded the special prize for the Italian Style, “for the significant results achieved in the business world and for making an art of tradition, supporting the Made in Italy abroad.” [...]
Much has been said and written about the subject of wine and food matching. Neither this nor any other past, present or future contribution will ever give us the definitive answer to combining wine and food. The main reason is that the possible combinations are too many and have become even more so with the globalization of food ingredients, flavors and the ever-increasing availability of wines from around the world.[...]
Lacrima means tears, tears of juice that escape from ripe bunches on the vine that the grapes get their name from.
This Fonte Del Re Lacrima di Morro d’Alba is a beautiful purple colour, not unlike the label. Decant it to get the most of the aroma, or use a little aerating gizmo to get the benefit of aeration without the cost of crystal.
It smells wonderfully fruity, along with a floral scent. There’s violets and roses, but in a real, fresh garden flowers way rather than the Swizzles Parma Violets and old ladies way that can be a tad off putting. There’s blackberries and cherries too. [...]
The Romagnoli Winery is a small family estate established in 1857 and located in the Marches Region.
Marche IGT Rosso, Blend of Lacrima, Montepulciano and Sangiovese. Dark garnet with brilliant ruby red highlights, with aromas of morello cherry, leather and a hint of barnyard funk. Tart cherry and blackberry notes glide over an herbaceous undercurrent whilst crushed white peppercorn, graphite minerals and rich cherry elements comprised the velvety finish. [...]
I was 38 when I married Antonio. It was 1984, and I'd lived in Numana in the Italian Marches for a few years after my first husband died in a plane crash, not far from our home. Antonio, an idealistic nuclear physicist and Bob Dylan fanatic, inherited a rickety old vineyard and asked me to help run it. He probably regretted it soon after. I always had a lot of zest, but never an outlet. Like many girls of my generation, I'd left home looking for a husband, not a job. Nobody thought we had any brains, and at first I'd been too indoctrinated to think differently. But by the time I met Antonio, I was restless to achieve something. [...]
Verdicchio is a grape particularly recommended for the production of Brut. The freshness and the acidity of Verdicchio grapes together with its longevity and with he persistence of its organoleptic sensations, brought Fazi Battaglia in this interesting challenge. The wine is produce in the Fazi Battaglia’s vineyards in the Castelli di Jesi with a particular care of low production per plant.
The grapes are selected and hand-harvested with a particular care of low production, less than 2/3 kg per plant. Thinning of bunches grapes capable of creating a high quality sparkling wine. After a softly press, the must is then cooled and fermented at 12°C for 10-14 days. The wine is fermented a second time with selected yeasts to create the perlage and the froth. The delicate bouquet and the pleasant taste are also enriched by a 90 days of maturation on the noble skin. [...]
When it comes to Thanksgiving beyond the bird - deliciously basted with butter and crusted with herbs - and all of the sides, the wines served offer the opportunity to stray from the classics. This season let me recommend these seven stellar wines from around the globe for your holiday pleasure. [...]
Angelini Estate Pergola Rossa 2013 is a 100% pergola with a dramatic ruby red color from the Marche region of Italy. Pergola Rossa is a dry red with a silky texture and touches of cherries and currants. This red pairs with all of the holiday sides, especially sage sausage stuffing or a risotto is you're going off the traditional map. ($17)
An elegant and well-balanced dry white, with a bright golden colour and inviting floral aroma. There's plenty of ripe fruit flavour here, especially peaches, juicy apples and pears, and a fresh, dry finish.
About this bottle: Verdicchio is a popular and versatile classic Italian white wine, made in the Marche region of the country. This fine, especially ripe and fruity example has been made from 100% Verdicchio grapes, grown in a warm area between the Marche Apennines and the Adriatic Sea. This wine is unoaked and was produced for us by the wine making team at the modern Santa Barbara winery. [...]
The 1999 Bonci Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi, is one of the most stunning wines...
And just as in years past, the wines are ordered as I recommend serving them with your Thanksgiving meal. I put the 1999 Verdicchio at the beginning because I feel it should be served early, when palates are still fresh. It’s still youthful in its evolution but it’s also very light and nuanced. Try not to serve it too cold.
In my view, Verdicchio has all the right stuff to become the next big thing from Italian wine. It’s finally shedding off its tarnished image from the 1970s, when chemically farmed and overly sulfured Verdicchio flooded the U.S. market. This wine blew me away with its nuance and character.It’s STUNNING old white wine at a great price.
The Fontezoppa Rosso Marche is full bodied and has a nice note of black pepper. It has a dark berry flavor without being too berry-ish, which I hate. If I wanted jelly I’d drink Smuckers Wine (which I would also give a shot). We usually pair with pasta but it goes well with meat and cheeses, too, and, of course, pizza. Anything red sauce/meaty. Perhaps your mother’s meatloaf with the can of tomato paste smeared on top.
At the Tower Club Wine Awards 2015 in Singapore Ciù Ciù has received three major awards for its red wine San Carro 2013. This is yet another prestigious award. During this exclusive gala dinner, hosted at the luxurious Tower Club Singapore, wine San Carro managed to win, only one of more than 300 wines, three awards: Gold Award, The Best of the Best Award and the prestigious Top Champion Award. [...]
Lacrima di Morro D’Alba.
Lacrima is what would become if we gave a girlish, violet-nosed Cabernet Franc a gun, a Porsche, vinyl thigh-high boots and Carte Blanche to become the Persephone of obscure Italian varietals, co-existing in hemispheres of erotic suggestion and darkest fantasy. She is a contradiction and a mystery. [...]