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2020 Marche Rosso “Bastian Contrario”

La Marca di San Michele
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This red, made from the local Montepulciano grape, is aged in tank and bottle to refine its pleasantly rustic personality. Dark bitter cherry, rosemary, and licorice root infuse the rounded, medium-bodied palate. Its tannins are soft, and an autumnal feel will make it a perfect accompaniment to savory winter dishes that include root vegetables.

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Technical Information
Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2020
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Montepulciano
Appellation: Marche Rosso IGP
Country: Italy
Region: Le Marche
Producer: La Marca di San Michele
Vineyard: Planted in 2011
Aging: Wine ferments and macerates for 48 hours in steel where it remains for an additional 12 months, then in bottle for another 12 months
Farming: Organic (practicing)
Alcohol: 13.5%

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About The Region

Le Marche

map of Le Marche

Le Marche’s reputation as a producer of fine wine is relatively recent, as the region is very much off the beaten path for tourists and tasters alike. And yet, early Etrsucan and Roman civilizations grew grapes here, a tradition that persists and continues to gain momentum in this undulating land where the Apennines descend to the Adriatic.

In between the warm coastline and the cool, rugged mountainous border with Umbria lies a landscape of calcareous rolling hills that provide ideal conditions for viticulture. The zingy, green-tinged, citrus- and pine-scented Verdicchio is king here, producing delightfully crisp whites that perfectly complement the fresh fish and seafood stews of the Adriatic, in addition to the pork-based dishes that are staples inland. Around the towns of Jesi and Matelica, the grape takes on an additional dimension and is even capable of significant aging under the right conditions.

While our involvement in the region is recent, the two producers we represent demonstrate that Le Marche is capable of producing whites of serious interest, which often come at great value.

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Every three or four months I would send my clients a cheaply made list of my inventory, but it began to dawn on me that business did not pick up afterwards. It occurred to me that my clientele might not know what Château Grillet is, either. One month in 1974 I had an especially esoteric collection of wines arriving, so I decided to put a short explanation about each wine into my price list, to try and let my clients know what to expect when they uncorked a bottle. The day after I mailed that brochure, people showed up at the shop, and that is how these little propaganda pieces for fine wine were born.—Kermit Lynch

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