2018 Velenosi Rosso Piceno Superiore DOC
Quite a few people believe that Rosso Superiore, made from Sangiovese and Montepulciano grapes, is one of the finest DOC wines in central Italy. It is made in the very hilly parts of Marche, but only in part of the Ascoli Piceno region has the quality and expression of the wine been promoted to the qualification 'Superior'. Not only in Italy (awarded 'Tre Bicchieri' in the Gambero Rosso) but also far beyond, the wine has gained a lot of popularity. The basis of the success lies in the good combination of the wine tradition in the region and at the same time a sense of modern tastes. The result is convincing: a very 'full-bodied' wine that can age for years, with a particularly soft and pleasant taste due to its wood aging in oak barrels. Ruby red in color with an intense scent of ripe fruit and vanilla. This gives a very warm, full, well-built taste. James Suckling: 91/100
Angela and Ercole Velenosi had been active in viticulture for years. In 1984 they made their dream come true: they bought these beautifully situated plots in the Marche and produce both white and red wines, marked by their authenticity and character. The Rosso Piceno is one of the most produced wines in the Marche. This blend of Montepulciano and Sangiovese grapes is good and affordable, which is why it is so popular. In the Marche region, northern and southern Italy come together and that also applies to this Brecciarolo from Velenosi.
The juicy fruit of the south (Montepulciano) meets the fresh acidity of a Chianti (Sangiovese). The wine matures for a year in used oak barriques to soften the tannins and give balance and structure to the wine. Superiore, incidentally, will stand behind it if the wine contains more than 11.5% alcohol, in this case 13.5%. For example, according to the locals, this hearty Rosso Piceno goes perfectly with their salami, such as the 'Coppa di Testa', a mix of pig's head, skin, ears and tail. Not a strong stomach? A piece of grilled meat or Parmesan cheese also goes well with it.
Velenosi winery was founded in 1984 by two entrepreneurs Angela and Ercole Velenosi. Despite the relatively short period that they have been active in wine growing, their boundless passion for the profession has taught them quickly. They are proud, and rightly so, of their state-of-the-art wine company in the province of Marche (Marche) near Ascoli Piceno. The beautiful wines come from about 100 hectares that the domain is large.
Ercole and Angela always combined artisan tradition with advanced technology and interpret the winemaking process in a creative way. The company grew continuously, and in 2005 Paolo Garbini joined the board. Today Velenosi spreads the scents and colors of the Piceno territory all over the world with its unique wines.
Quality is very important to Angela and Ercole. This starts in the vineyards where Verdicchio, Pecorino, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo and Rosso Piceno Superiore are cultivated. Each wine is made according to a fixed and proven process, starting on the first day that the grapes reach the wine cellar. In its short existence, Velenosi has already enjoyed a wide appreciation of wine journalists and has won various awards from Robert Parker, Wine Spectator and Gambero Rosso ('Tre Bicchieri'), among others.
|Type of Wine||Red|
|Appellation||Rosso Piceno (Superiore)|
|Drinking as of||2021|
|James Suckling rating||91|
|Tasting Profiles||Earthy, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Mineral, Red fruit, Tannines, Full|
|Drink moments||Barbecue, Lekker luxe, Met vrienden, Open haard|