Centovie Organic Pecorino Colli Aprutini IGT, AVUR 2015
A light straw yellow white wine with a delicate bouquet of elderberry, acacia and spring flowers. On the palate it shows a light, nearly evanescent, touch of wood. Well structured, with a good bite of minerality, lingering aftertaste.
Some wineries do such a great job of popularising the wines of a particular region that the association between the two becomes all but unbreakable: so it is with Umani Ronchi and the wines of the Marche and Abruzzi. Owned by the Bianchi-Bernetti family for well over 50 years, Umani Ronchi has become one of Italy’s most respected and go-ahead producers thanks to its championing of local wines such as Verdicchio Classico and Rosso Conero. During the 1980s, Massimo Bernetti had the vision to realise that the region’s dominant white wine style – Verdicchio – was overshadowing its distinctive red wines, particularly Rosso Conero and Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. What followed was a renaissance first for Rosso Conero – with standard-bearing wines such as SanLorenzo and Cumaro – and then for Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, with the acquisition of 30 hectares of vineyards in the Teramane Hills.
Over the past few decades, the company’s quest forever-better quality has led it to build up an estate of some 200 hectares of vineyards – 110 hectares in Verdicchio Classico, 60 hectares in Rosso Conero and 30 hectares in the Abruzzi.The result is a winning mix of crowd-pleasing classics – Verdicchio, Rosso Conero and Montepulcianod’Abruzzo to the fore – alongside distinctive local wines such as Pecorino, Passerina and Lacrima di Morrod’Alba.
Tenuta Podernovo Toscana Rosso Aliotto DOC Organic 2015
This is a splendid blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet and Merlot grown in the vineyards of Tenuta Podernovo, which lies in the heart of the hills near Pisa and is owned by the Lunelli family. The property converted to organic farming methods. It has a luminous ruby red colour. The nose reveals elegant notes of morello cherries and fruit in brandy, as well as herbal and mineral tones. A well-structured yet supple wine that has an attractive roundness, due to its well-modulated and refined tannins. Overall, it is very elegant, with its well-balanced tanginess and mellow finish suade.