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2015 La Monacesca Syrah Marche (Previously $35)

SKU #1419450 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark La Monacesca is one of the few producers to experiment with the Syrah grape on this Adriatic side of Italy. Their 2015 Syrah is a ripe and round rendition with loads of pretty dark-fruit intensity. This wine makes me want to taste more Syrah from the Marche, especially because the fullness and generosity of the grape pairs so well with all the delicious grilled meat dishes that are cooked up regularly in these parts. The wine ages in neutral barrique for 24 months and is framed by sweet spice and savory smoke. Only 4,500 bottles were made. This is the inaugural vintage of this new wine. The big news from Aldo Cifola and the team at La Monacesca is the exciting release of a new wine. Their pure expression of Syrah from the warm 2015 vintage opens an exciting new chapter for this estate. The Valle dell'Esino is completely closed off from the milder climates found closer to the sea. This is a cooler growing area as a result, and it also sees steep drops in nighttime temperatures. The soils are rich in mineral because in the Paleolithic era, this valley was a salt water lake. (ML) 93+ Inner quote mark (4/2020)

K&L Notes

The 2015 La Monacesca Syrah comes from the Marche’s Matelica Valley. The Matelica is a north-south valley, while the other Appennine valleys all flow east to west. In Italy (unlike California), any coastal air flow is coming off warm waters. Matelica’s orientation gives it a real continental climate with very cool summer nights, warm days and an exceedingly long growing season, which allows grapes to becomephysiologically ripe, not just a harvesting response to the sugar bloom. This allows nature to balance the wine. It’s a perfect climate for Verdicchio, but Aldo Cifola decided 25 years ago to plant a tiny amount of Syrah and he has waited until now to finally release one. This 2015 wine is 100% Syrah and spent 20 months in used barrique. Released in April of this year, it’s powerful and structured wine, and could use an hour or three in a decanter before current drinking.

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