Failoni Rosso Piceno 2010

The Rosso Piceno DOC is the largest production zone in the Marche region of central Italy. Sangiovese and Montepulciano are the predominant grapes used for the wine, other varietals such as Trebbiano and Passerina can comprise up to 15% of the blend.  The style and blend varies widely according to each producer, but they tend to always be a fantastic value. Le Marche is a region to watch as it is on the rise and beginning to see consistent critical praise.

Antonio Failoni is a 20 acre family estate located in the rolling hills of the medieval town of Stafford in the Marche region. The Failoni family is passionate about the land and crafting wines with a blending of tradition and innovation that express the characteristics of Le Marche.

Dark garnet in colour with rustic aromas of cherry and earth. Fruity cherry, red currant and pomegranate joined dry tannins, an earthy minerality and licorice notes in the savoury finish. Straightforward and unassuming, this is a fantastic accompaniment to a wide variety of dishes.

45% Sangiovese, 45% Montepulciano, 10% Merlot
Estate Bottled by Azienda Agricola Antonio Failoni
13% Alcohol
Enjoy now thru 2014

Boccadigabbia Rosso Piceno 2008


My sister was joining us for a late dinner, I had figured out I was making roasted fingerling potatoes with rosemary and honey chèvre, but that was as far as I had progressed. Clearly a glass of wine would assist in brainstorming the rest of dinner, so I popped open Boccadigabbia Rosso Piceno 2008. The Boccadigabbia estate was previously the wine growing portion of land owned by the Bonaparte administration, during which time French varietals were introduced and produced. In 1956 the Boccadigabbia portion was sold by the Bonaparte family to the Alessandri family, who have carried on the winemaking tradition initiated under the Bonaparte régime; adding indigenous Italian varietals alongside the French Pinot Noir and Cabernets. Today, Elvidio Alessandri along with his son Lorenzo has established Boccadigabbia as one of the top estates in the Marche region. The estate is certified by the strict environmental standards of the Marche Region. Organic fertilizers are used, but only if absolutely necessary, and they utilize minimal amounts of sulphur in their wines. The Rosso Piceno DOC blend is their most popular red wine.

Deep red violet in colour, aromas of cherry and dried violets radiated from the glass. Tart cherry and pomegranate flavours were entwined with bright mint elements and supported by black tea tannins in the medium body. White pepper, fresh anise and hints of river stone minerals comprised the lengthy finish. Fruity, herbaceous and pleasantly dry, this is a wonderful glass that enjoys accompanying a meal.

50% Montepulciano, 50% Sangiovese
Estate Bottled by Azienda Agricola Boccadigabbia
14.5% Alcohol
Enjoy now thru 2015

*Rated 89 points by the Wine Advocate