2020 Velenosi Rosso Piceno

8.65 7.15
Type of Wine Red
Country Italy
Region Marche
Appellation Rosso Piceno (Superiore)
Winery Velenosi
Year 2020
Grape Montepulciano Sangiovese
Content (Alc) 0.75 ltr (13.5%)
Drink window 2022 - 2025
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Quite a few people believe that Rosso Piceno, 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 Marken. 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. This Rosso Piceno DOC comes from certified organic vineyards located in the districts of Ripatransone, Offida and Castorano. The juicy fruit of the south (Montepulciano) meets the fresh acidity of a Chianti (Sangiovese) and these grapes come from certified organic vineyards.

The blend for this Rosso Piceno consists of Montepulciano 70% and Sangiovese 30%. After de-stemming, the grapes were transported in 200 hl stainless steel fermentation tanks equipped with a pump-over system and a controlled temperature. The maceration on the skin takes about 20 days. After completion of the fermentation wine matures on new French oak barriques. The wine has a bright ruby red color. In the nose, this Velenosis Rooso Piceno BIO is fresh and floral, with scents of violets and roses along with clear nuances of red fruits such as strawberries and plums. In the mouth the wine is fresh, dry and smooth with the right amount of tannin. Hearty yet structured. Well balanced with a pleasantly lingering fruity finish. Just a delicious and honest glass of wine.

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) and these grapes come from certified organic vineyards. 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.

Vineyard for 2020 Velenosi Rosso Piceno

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.

More Information
Type of Wine Red
Country Italy
Region Marche
Appellation Rosso Piceno (Superiore)
Winery Velenosi
Grape Montepulciano, Sangiovese
Biological certified No
Natural wine No
Vegan No
Year 2020
Drinking as of 2022
Drinking till 2025
Alcohol % 13.5
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
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
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