Wine Spectator 88
85 Montepulciano and 15 Sangiovese
A balanced, medium-bodied red, featuring light tannins and dark, brambly flavors of black currant and mulberry fruit, with hints of herb and cocoa powder. Drink now through 2021. 3,333 cases made, 250 cases imported. AN
Aromas of cherries and small red berries. Young wine but very concentrated with very healthy fruit. Delicious with pasta and grilled meats.
The Montepulciano and Sangiovese grapes are vinified separately in concrete tanks with a long maceration on the skins for each. The wines ages for about 4 months in the cellar and an additional 1 month in bottle before release, creating a young wine of great concentration. The wine does not see oak in the vinification or aging process.
The Rosso Piceno DOC was first established in 1968 and is the largest DOC in Marche. This hilly region lies mostly in the provinces of Ancona, Macerata, and a limited area of Ascoli Piceno.
The Montecappone property currently stretches over 54 hectares of vineyards and 12 hectares of olive groves that are scattered amongst the hills and castles of beautiful Jesi.
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Montecappone was founded in the late 1960s in Jesi in the Ancona region of Marche, Italy. In 1997 the Bomprezzi-Mirizzi family (owners of the famous wine shop in Rome called Enoteca Tuscolana) bought the property and immediately began renovating and expanding the winery. They also decided to replant almost all of the vineyards.
The Montecappone property currently stretches over 54 hectares of vineyards and 12 hectares of olive groves that are scattered amongst the hills and castles of beautiful Jesi. The focus in the vineyard centers on low yields, careful selection of grapes, and respect for this beautiful land. Mr. Mirizzi is intent on showcasing terroir through collaboration with all who work with him: consultants, agronomists, and wine experts. The wine is vinified and bottled in Montecappone's completely updated winery.
In his book Native Wine Grapes of Italy, Vinous Media's Italian expert, Ian d'Agata, says that that "Verdicchio is arguably Italy's greatest native white grape variety." Grown mostly in the region of Marche, Verdicchio is particularly well-suited to the maritime climate and clay of the Castelli di Jesi region, which is located in the northern part of Marche.