Over the last three weeks, we learned about and started tasting wines from the Italian wine area Le Marche. Our host (and wine supplier) was Jonathan Zeiger of ZGR Imports. The region is in the central area on the east coast of Italy. Up first for tasting were two wines, a white and a red, from the Centanni Family of Wines.
"ZGR Imports, LLC, is an importing and distribution company based in Dana Point, CA. We currently specialize in wines from Le Marche, Italy, known as “Italy in a Region” due to its inclusion of nearly all types of production and landscapes. This enchanted land is emerging as a premier wine production area and is gaining popularity as more exquisite wineries are discovered. It is ZGR’s goal is to connect American consumers with the best of these wineries that truly represent the culture of Le Marche."
"Handmade artisan wines, chiseled from the heart"
More recently, we delved into Rio Maggio wines, a winery that strives for a low environmental impact in the vineyard, hand-harvests their grapes, and uses minimal sulfites in winemaking.
2012 Colle Monteverde Pecorino
2010 Rosso Piceno Contrada Vallone100% Pecorino; steel-tank fermentation; 8-10 months on the lees; beautiful golden straw color; salty citrus and floral aromas; more saline, Meyer lemon, and earthy floral flavors (tastes like Stephanotis smells); about 1,000 cases; 13.5% ABV; cork closure; SRP $23.99. Definitely not a white to drink too cold - much tastier as it warmed.
70% Montepulciano 30% Sangiovese from the oldest vineyard; aged in French barrels for 8-10 months, then 6 months in the bottle before release; dark reddish purple with ruby edges; subtle aromas of smoke, rhubarb, and oregano; stewed plum, dark cherry and vanilla flavors; medium mouthfeel with a tannic finish; about 1,000 cases; 13.5% ABV; cork closure; SRP $23.99.These wines were provided for tasting purposes - all opinions are my own.
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