Offida Pecorino Le Merlettaie, Ciu Ciu, Marche, Italy 2016
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Massimiliano and Walter Bartolomei oversee the organic production of the Ciu Ciu estate, originally founded in 1970. Their signature reds bear all the hallmarks of quality Marche production – dense fruit notes with meat hints and full bodied structures.
Their Bacchus is a prime example of these characteristics, a delightful nose of strawberry backed up with dark cherries and liquorice root. This wine possesses great structure combined with an uncomplicated juiciness that whets the palate.
Pick of the whites is arguably the Pecorino. Flecked with green highlights, it displays a pleasant floral nose with clean, pleasing and refined aromas of banana, apple, hazelnut and plum followed by a hint of vanilla. The palate is wonderfully balanced and crisp, with sufficient flavour intensity to render it a prime candidate to match with seafood or risotto dishes.