2015 Santori Rosso Piceno

SKU #1372132

Every time I hear the words Rosso Piceno I get excited because I know I’m going to get a wonderful wine! OK, that’s not really the case and as a retailer I have the opposite reaction because it’s almost impossible to sell a wine that no one has ever heard of. I wouldn’t call the Marche a forgotten region—because it was not ever known! You may think that I’m a Marche basher for starting out this way, but it’s the opposite. The Marche is one of my favorite places in Italy. It reminds me of what Italy was like 40 years ago, unspoiled. You won’t meet your neighbors there by chance, or for that matter any non-Italian tourists. The Marche is roughly the other side of the Apennine Mountains from Tuscany, and has a narrow coastal slope that gives it a smallish feel. There are two important red wines from the Marche. One is Rosso Conero, coming from just outside of the port city of Ancona and named after the Conero National Park. Its blend is 85% Montepulciano and 15% Sangiovese. The other, Rosso Piceno, takes its name from a beautiful city in southern Marche called Ascoli Piceno. Its blend is more flexible: 35% to 70% Montepulciano and 30% to 50% Sangiovese. This bold and fruit-filled wine is a blend of 65% Montepulciano and 35% Sangiovese. To preserve more of its fruit character the wine is fermented in 80% stainless steel and 20% barrique for four to six months. This is a wine that cries out for grilled meat. (Greg St. Clair, K&L Italian wine buyer)

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