Wine Variety: It appears that this variety, Pecorino, (now much more widely known and widely grown than hitherto) is a native of Le Marche in eastern-central Italy. Its name means "sheep" and many readers will have experience of the Italian sheep's milk cheese of the same name. There is another variety of the same name grown in Calabria, but it is not this grape.
Wine Region: This is Le Marche in eastern central Italy. The variety’s history in the Marche starts in the 14th century and it now finds its apogee in two DOCs (Denominazione di Origine Controllata, equivalent to the French Appellation Contrôlée): Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi and Verdicchio di Matelica. Castelli di Jesi is by far the larger of the two and that closest to the Adriatic Sea. Matelica is higher, its wines more solid and often full of intense mineral terroir. Small producers are the exception here, as much of the denominazione is controlled by co-operatives or sizeable negoçiants.
Wine Producer: Established by Giovanni Carminucci in 1928, the Carminucci estate is now run by the founder's son, Piero, who produces high quality wines from organically farmed grapes. The 45 hectares of vines are grown between the municipalities of Offida and Grottammare and within famous, historic DOC territories of Rosso Piceno, Rosso Piceno Superiore, Falerio, Passerina and Pecorino DOCG. Yields are kept intentionally low, which combined with a modern approach in the winery, results in a sought-after collection of wines that truly reflect the grape and the terroir. The wines are highly acclaimed in Italy, winning multiple Italian awards and offer outstanding value for money.
Case of 6 Bottles
price shown is duty paid
price shown is duty paid
A pale, steely-looking straw colour, very clear. Nose is reserved, savoury, interesting. I can find herbs and spice; a hint of rhubarb and smoke. There’s a touch of lovage here, bordering on curry leaves; lime leaves. Hint of green pea to the orchard fruit that is suppressed by the other varietal characteristics i.e. the herb and spice thing. This is fresh from the off, the juicy grip sustaining it long. There’s super density allied to that sustain, yet it’s a dry and, yes, savoury effect. It finishes in a earthy, apple-y finish. It’s a very long thing and a really grown-up thing, too, with incisive spicy, zingy acidity.
#3wordtastingnote: herb, fresh, savoury
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