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Le Caniette Morellone 2006, DOC Rosso Piceno | A delicious fundraiser

Le Caniette Morellone 2006, DOC Rosso Piceno | A delicious fundraiser | Wines and People |

A couple of years ago I had the opportunity for a comprehensive wine tour of the province of Ascoli Piceno, in the Marche region of Italy.
The province is located on the Adriatic coast reaching back into the hilly terrain of the Apennine mountains which form the central spine of the Italian peninsula.
The wine-growing region enjoys the advantages of moderating influences from the nearby sea, as well as plantings at altitude which use the slopes to full effect for managing the amount of sun reaching the grapes.
Montepulciano supplemented with sangiovese is the main source of red wine labelled under the Rosso Piceno DOC and Offida DOCG quality designations.
We are probably not so familiar with montepulciano, but it is capable of producing a big wine with lots of stuffing — colour, fruit and tannin — if the yields are kept low and it has the time to fully ripen. Blending in some sangiovese boosts acidity levels and helps with the balance of the wine.
Having grown to enjoy the wines and the region, I was therefore delighted to see that the Rotary Club of St. John’s had listed a wine from Ascoli Piceno for sale in its fall fundraising campaign this year. The Le Caniette Morellone 2006, DOC Rosso Piceno is a blend of 70 per cent montepulciano and 30per cent sangiovese certified organic grapes which has been aged two years in oak barrels.
This wine needs to be opened for a little while before drinking to unlock the deep, rich, red berry fruit aromas. Despite being seven years old already, it is youthful in colour with good tannic grip. This wine will age well for several more years, but is a great match already with game, steak, and similar meat dishes. Score 17 — Very Good. [...]

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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.
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