2015 La Monacesca "Camerte" Marche Rosso

SKU #1385730 91 points James Suckling

 Very ripe red fruit on the nose for a wine from the Marche. A hint of balsamic vinegar, too. But this has good structure and a lightness of touch at the finish that’s very typical for the region.  (11/2018)

K&L Notes

The Matelica region of the Marche is one of the most unique growing zones in all of Italy; it is a north-south valley in the middle of the Apennine mountain range that once was a salt lake. The orientation of the valley closes it off from the warm coastal waters (the opposite of the west coast of the US) and gives it a more continental climate of cold winters, hot summers but cool nights, the perfect balance to make vibrant wines. This area is known for its white wines in the Verdicchio di Matelica appellation where the whites do very well with the cool evenings. It’s never been much of a red wine zone. Well, with global warming, the 2015 vintage allowed the red grapes to completely ripen where in some past vintages it’s been a struggle. The 2015 La Monacesca “Camerte” Marche Rosso is 70% Sangiovese which gives its wine its backbone, length and structure while the 30% Merlot gives the wine a bit of richness, supple flow and personality to the stern Sangiovese. The wine shows lots of ripe cherry character balanced with a meaty savory expression from the Merlot. Try it with your favorite recipe for Spaghetti Bolognese!

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