Marche

Veneto

Native Vines:

Red

• Lacrima
• Vernaccia Nera
• Sangiovese
• Montepulciano
 

White

• Verdicchio
• Pecorino
• Passerina
• Maceratino
 
Important Wines:
• Verdicchio from Jesi and Metalica
• Falerio
• Rosso Conero
• Rosso Piceno
• Lacrima di Morro d’Alba
• Vernaccia Nera di Serrapetrona

 

There is real energy and a sense of confidence in Marche winemaking.  The wines have come a long way from the eponymous Verdicchio with its tall Amphora bottle that fitted neither wine racks nor fridges, I liked it though. 
Verdicchio is now recognised as one of Italy’s great white wines, it is made in a variety of styles and the only one I have yet to be convinced by is the oak-aged genre. 
Falerio is made in the province of Piceno and is named after the ancient town of Falerone, the grape varieties that can been used include Pecorino and the once reviled Passerina and there are any number of styles of the wine, though it is usually the opening white from each winery.
The up and coming whites are the single varietal wines from Pecorino, Passerina and Maceratino.

Red wines are unsurprisingly based on Sangiovese and Montepulciano and named after the provinces in which they were made; Rosso Piceno and Rosso Conero. 
There is also Conero DOCG which must come from the hill of Conero to the south of Ancona. 

For the seekers of the unusual there is Lacrima di Morro d’Alba and Vernaccia Nera di Serrapetrona. 
Lacrima is a vine that had all but died out and now has grasped the lifeline through the work of devoted winemakers like Stefano Mancinelli. 
Vernaccia Nera is a varietal simply described as ‘Grenache’ in Jancis Robinson’s brick on grapes, quote this to the folk of Serrapetrona if you wish to wind them up.

 

our Marche selection by Winemaker / Estate...

Caveat
Bat and Bottle is Emma and me, there are no teams of copywriters or agencies helping us out and we are constantly limited by time.  For excellent sources of information go to my blog where I have embedded useful links.  These scribblings are personal and flawed. 

 

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  1. Stefano Mancinelli. Grappa 'Gocce di Verdicchio' (70cl)

    This is from Stefano’s own Verdicchio grapes, the delicacy of flavours found in the wine is reflected in the spirit which has hints of almond and fresh cut grass.  A light and clean tasting grappa, delicate and balanced.


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    £26.75
  2. Stefano Mancinelli. Lacrima 'Terre dei Goti' Rosso 2007

    A truly unique Lacrima, the drying process introduces notes of oloroso, dark chocolate, aged balsamic and leather yet the floral elements are held and rose and violet shine through enhanced with fig and date.  A desert island wine.


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  3. Stefano Mancinelli. Lacrima di Morro D'Alba Passito 'Re Sole' 2012

    Honeyed, deep strawberry and damson fruit with violet and vanilla.  Sweet, not cloying, a masterpiece.


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  4. Colli di Serrapetrona. Robbione 2007

    Its’ dark amarone-like body is packed with black damson, sloe and loganberry fruit, tar, licorice and grilled herbs, all of which come together in an intense red of considerable character. Bloody hell, that’s good.


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    £27.00
  5. Stefano Mancinelli. Verdicchio Passito 'Stell' 2013 (50cl)

    This is like the trailer for a great Tawny port, explosive nut, date, sweet, fat honeyed fruit, (pure Christmas cake in a glass), but it is unfortified, pure and natural, none of the alcohol burn, just spectacular.


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  6. Stefano Mancinelli. Verdicchio 'Terre di Goti' 2009

    Full and complex dry white made entirely from verdicchio.  An enticing amalgam of caramelised lemon, wax and dried fruit, deep citrus and herb.   


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    £28.75
  7. Paglianetto. Verdicchio Matelica Riserva 'Jera' 2011

    Apricot and peach fruit, rounded and deep, extremely long on the finish.


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  8. Ciu Ciu. Pecorino 'Merlettaie' 2013

    This vintage leans towards apricot, with kiwi and basil enriching the experience.  Beautiful creamy texture, a fine complexity that suits everything from convivial company to blue cheese to fish dishes.


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  9. Ciu Ciu. Passerina Spumante 'AltaMarea' 2013

    Passerina has a habit of straying deeply into the tropical spectrum, but is saved from such indignity when picked early, here the fruit is citrus with ripe pear and dried herb.  An original and lovely spumante.


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  10. Stefano Mancinelli. Lacrima di Morro D'Alba Superiore 2013

    Insane violet, lavender and rose, incredible purity.  Floral dark fruit, Turkish delight, blueberry and black cherry, wonderful wine


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