By: Chris Miller | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/8/2010 | Send Email
Poderi San Lazzaro is a young winery, but one to keep an eye on. When I was the buyer at Pizzeria Mozza, their Rosso Piceno "Poderi 72" was one of the best selling wines on our list. The "Grifola" is their top tier offering, and is a delicious wine. It is a Marche IGT, as the DOC for Rosso Piceno Superiore mandates that there must be a minimun amount of Sangiovese in the blend. This is 100% Montepulciano, and is a beautiful expression of the grape. It has the roasted fruit, lightly roasted coffee, and warm earth/animal/"sauvage" quality ("salvatico" in Italian) that one would expect from great Montepulciano. But while powerful, it does however have more elegance and balance that the somewhat more burly offerings from further south in Abbruzzo. The alcohol (14% on the label) is a little noticable on the finish, but can be easily tamed by avoiding an overly spicy dish and staying with some roasted meats, stews, or a veggie lasagna. Will easily age a few more years but is drinking perfectly now. By the way "Grifola" means "little stream" in the the dialect of Le Marche. There's a little stream in the vineyard. I'm told it also, curiosly enough, is the name of a type of local mushroom.
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