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  Wine Tasting Issue 204, March 2021   
Contrasts of Ormeasco di Pornassio Superiore and Rosso Piceno SuperioreContrasts of Ormeasco di Pornassio Superiore and Rosso Piceno Superiore Wines of the MonthWines of the Month  Contents 
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Contrasts of Ormeasco di Pornassio Superiore and Rosso Piceno Superiore

 Two red wines from Liguria and Marches, produced in two of the most important wine-growing areas of their respective regions, compared in the glasses of this month's tasting by contrast

 The vastness of the Italian ampelographic heritage is notoriously the richest among the wine-growing countries in the world. This richness has been underlined several times in the pages of our monthly magazine and is undeniably one – but not the only one – of the factors making Italy a unique, special and particular country for wine, last but not least, prove its indisputable viticultural and enological vocation. Italy's relationship with vine and wine has its origins in the dawn of civilization and we know that, in these lands, the vine has been present since time immemorial. The ancient Greeks knew this very well and, despite they introduced many of their varieties in Italy, when they arrived in what was known in ancient times as Magna Graecia, in the southern part, the vine was already present and thriving in these lands. It is no coincidence, evidently, that they called part of this territory Enotria, and – although it derives from the name of the Greek mythological figure Enotro – the term notoriously had the meaning of land of wine.

 Many of the native Italian varieties have also spread to other regions of the country, not least, even traveling far beyond national borders. This is what happened – in fact – to the grapes used for the production of the wines of this month's tasting by contrast. The first one, Ormeasco di Pornassio Superiore, is produced with Dolcetto grape which, having arrived in Liguria from the nearby Piedmont, here takes the name of Ormeasco. Rosso Piceno Superiore – the second wine of our tasting by contrast – is produced with two of the best known and most widespread varieties of the Italian ampelographic scenario: Montepulciano and Sangiovese. Also in this case they are two native Italian varieties, widely spread in central Italy and which are used in many wines in the regions of this area, including Marches. Montepulciano originates in the territory on the border between the Marches and Abruzzo, therefore a full-fledged variety of Piceno; Sangiovese was certainly introduced by settlers after having crossed the neighboring regions. In both cases, the varieties making up these two wines have proven a perfect adaptation in their respective territories, giving proof of this with wines of absolute value and quality.

 

Ormeasco di Pornassio Superiore


 

 Liguria, a suggestive region with enchanting landscapes divided between the sea and the mountains, is a land having a magnificent enological vocation and from which wines with enormous personality are produced. This region is in fact rich in white and red varieties, often present within its territory only, and with which different styles of wines are produced, from whites and reds, to sparkling wines and sweet passito. In this regard, Ormeasco di Pornassio perfectly represents the enological diversity of Liguria as it includes – in addition to the “Superiore” style that we will examine in our tasting – also the styles Sciac-Tra, with a characteristic pink color, passito and liquoroso passito. In this regard, it should be noted that Ormeasco di Pornassio Sciac-Tra should not be confused with Cinque Terre Sciacchetrà as they are completely different styles, produced in different territories and with different grapes. Ormeasco di Pornassio Sciac-Tra is in fact a rosé wine, Cinque Terre Sciacchetrà is a sweet wine made from dried grapes, specifically Vermentino, Bosco and Albarola.

 Ormeasco di Pornassio is recognized as a Denominazione d'Origine Controllata area (Denomination of Controlled Origin, DOC) and takes its name from both the grape and the area where this wine is produced, in the province of Imperia. Ormeasco is a grape variety belonging to family of Dolcetto, a grape native to Piedmont and widely spread in this region. The bond of this territory with the Ormeasco grape is documented as early as 1300s, in particular, an edict promulgated by the Marquis of Clavesana in 1303 – governor of the lands of Pornassio and Pieve di Teco – who imposed, under penalty of beheading, that in his fief only this grape was allowed for cultivation. It is believed the introduction of Ormeasco in these lands was done by the Saracens, spreading it in the territory near Ormea, a village in the Ligurian Alps in the province of Cuneo, a place from which it is believed it took the name Ormeasco. Ormeasco di Pornassio Superiore – which we will examine in the tasting of this month – is characterized by the higher alcoholic percentage and requires a period of aging in cask for at least 4 months. As for the composition, it should be noted that the production disciplinary provides for the use of Ormeasco (Dolcetto) grape for a minimum of 95%, however the main tendency of producers is to use this variety alone in their wines.

 

Rosso Piceno Superiore

 Marches – a beautiful region in central Italy – like Liguria, is a land of interesting viticultural and enological richness, in fact some of the most famous and renowned wines of Italian enology are produced in this land. Among these, we certainly have Rosso Piceno, a wine produced in the largest and most spread Denominazione d'Origine Controllata area Marches. The territory in which Rosso Piceno is produced is spread, in fact, in the provinces of Ancona, Ascoli Piceno, Fermo and Macerata. In this regard, it should be noted Rosso Piceno Superiore – that is the wine we are considering in our tasting by contrast – actually corresponds to a specific sub-area of the appellation and its production is only allowed in 13 municipalities in the eastern part of the province of Ascoli Piceno. Furthermore, compared to the wines of the rest of the appellation, Rosso Piceno Superiore provides for a longer aging period before being released in the market.

 The wines belonging to the Rosso Piceno denomination – including the Superiore style – are produced with Montepulciano grapes, from 35% to 85%, and Sangiovese, from 15% to 50%. It is also allowed the use of other red berried grapes cultivated in the Marches and for a maximum of 15%. As far as the composition of Rosso Piceno is concerned, it should be noted most of producers tend to use Montepulciano and Sangiovese only, often using the first of these for the maximum percentage allowed by the production disciplinary. However, the presence of Sangiovese contributes decisively to the character of Rosso Piceno, giving it a pleasant crispness, typical of this variety. Finally, it should be noted the bond of the Piceno territory with the vine and wine has very ancient and historical origins, widely proven by authors of the past, including Cato and Polybius. At those times this area was already known for the abundant production of wines – a characteristic that it has preserved for centuries – and they were exported and marketed even in the distant territory of Gaul.

 

The Tasting


The Color
of Rosso Piceno Superiore
The Color of Rosso Piceno Superiore

 We are about to choose the two wines we will pour into the glasses of this month's tasting by contrast. Of the two wines, the easiest to find is Rosso Piceno Superiore. Ormeasco di Pornassio Superiore – in fact – is produced in a much smaller territory than that of Rosso Piceno, with a lower production than the wine from Marches, therefore more difficult to find on the market. As for Ormeasco di Pornassio Superiore, we will choose a bottle produced with 100% Dolcetto and aged in cask, in any case not more than three years from the harvest. As for choosing Rosso Piceno Superiore we will follow the same criteria, therefore aged in cask and not more than three years from harvesting. Talking about composition, we will choose a wine produced with Montepulciano for at least 60% and the remainder made up exclusively of Sangiovese. The two wines are tasted at a temperature of 18 °C (65 °F) and poured into tasting glasses.

 We can now begin the tasting by contrast of Ormeasco di Pornassio Superiore and Rosso Piceno Superiore, taking into consideration – as usual – the appearance of the wine. Let's start this first phase of the tasting by evaluating the glass of the Ligurian wine. Let's tilt the glass over a white surface – for example a sheet of paper – and observe the base in order to evaluate the color of the wine. Ormeasco di Pornassio Superiore shows an intense and brilliant ruby red color, with a moderate transparency, however not high. Let's now observe the wine towards the opening of the glass, in order to appreciate the nuance. In the Ligurian wine we can see a ruby red color, sometimes with purple red hues. Let's now pass to the evaluation of the appearance of Rosso Piceno Superiore, tilting the glass – also in this case – over the white surface. Let's observe the base of the glass: the wine from Marches has an intense and brilliant ruby red color, also in this case with moderate transparency. The nuance of Rosso Piceno Superiore – observed towards the opening of the glass – reveals a ruby red hue, sometimes tending to garnet.

 The aromas perceived in the glasses of Ormeasco di Pornassio Superiore and Rosso Piceno Superiore are decidedly distant. First of all, in the Ligurian wine we find the expression of Ormeasco grape only –  that is, Dolcetto – while in the one from the Marches region the olfactory profile is made up of the combined qualities of both Montepulciano and Sangiovese. Ormeasco di Pornassio expresses to the nose aromas of cherry, blackberry, plum, sometimes black currant, with evident hints of violet. As for the superiore style, the aging gives the wine tertiary sensations and which can also recall certain spices such as black pepper. In this wine we can also perceive aromas of red fruits, including raspberry and pomegranate. The profile of Rosso Piceno Superiore is quite different, characterized by dark fruits, in particular black cherry, plum, blueberry and blackberry, as well as pleasant sensations of flowers, in particular violet and rose. Also in this case, the aging in wood gives the wine tertiary and balsamic sensations, in particular menthol.

 Let's resume our tasting by contrast and proceed with the evaluation of the olfactory profiles of Ormeasco di Pornassio Superiore and Rosso Piceno Superiore, starting – just like the previous phase – with the examination of the Ligurian wine. Let's hold the glass in vertical position and, without swirling, let's proceed with the first smell in order to evaluate the opening of the wine, that is the primary and identifying aromas, a characteristic also known as “first nose”. We can perceive from the glass intense aromas of cherry, blackberry and plum as well as the floral aroma of violet. Let's now proceed with the swirling of the glass – operation favoring the oxygenation of the wine, therefore the development of its aromas – and let's do the second smell. The profile of Ormeasco di Pornassio Superiore is completed with black currant, rose, raspberry and pomegranate, sometimes followed by the spicy character reminiscent of black pepper. Let's now pass to the evaluation of the opening of Rosso Piceno Superiore and, by holding the glass in vertical position, let's proceed with the first smell. The wine from Marches opens on the nose with aromas of black cherry, plum and blueberry, in addition to the floral sensation in which we can perceive violet. After having swirled the glass, Rosso Piceno Superiore is completed with blackberry, raspberry and an elegant hint of rose. In both wines the tertiary characteristics given by the aging in wood are evident, in particular vanilla.

 Let's now move on to the third phase of this month's sensorial tasting by contrast, proceeding with the examination of the gustatory profiles. The first wine we will examine, just like in the previous phases, is Ormeasco di Pornassio Superiore, hence –  after having taken a sip – let's evaluate its attack, that is the identifying gustatory sensations. The Ligurian wine is characterized by an attack of moderate astringency in which is perceived a pleasing crispness, sensations that are well balanced by the effect of alcohol and moderate roundness. In the mouth is perceived a good structure as well as pleasing flavors of cherry, blackberry and plum, thus confirming the good correspondence to the nose. Let's move on to the evaluation of the attack of the second wine and take a sip of Rosso Piceno Superiore. The wine from Marches is characterized in the mouth with a more intense sensation of astringency than the Ligurian one and, also in this case, is perceived a pleasing crispness, mainly contributed by Sangiovese. Balance is obtained with the effect of both alcohol and roundness, the latter also accentuated by the aging in cask. The structure of Rosso Piceno Superiore is – in general terms – more robust than Ormeasco di Pornassio Superiore. In the mouth, finally, are perceived the flavors of plum, black cherry and blueberry, confirming, also for this wine, the good correspondence to the nose.

 We conclude this month's tasting by contrast with the evaluation of the final sensations the two wines leave in the mouth after swallowing, in particular the taste-olfactory persistence. The finish of Ormeasco di Pornassio Superiore is persistent, leaving in the mouth pleasing flavors of cherry, blackberry and plum, as well as the characteristic slightly bitter sensation sometimes reminiscent of almond. We also continue to perceive a pleasing sensation of crispness and moderate astringency, as well as a good structure. The finish of Rosso Piceno Superiore is equally persistent and in the mouth are clearly perceived the flavors of black cherry, plum and blueberry, often blackberry and raspberry as well. Compared to the Ligurian wine, here the final sensation of crispness is weaker, however those of astringency and structure are more evident. Ormeasco di Pornassio Superiore and Rosso Piceno Superiore confirm their distant diversity, under every aspect of the sensorial evaluation. The further examination of both wines, especially of the olfactory profiles, confirms the respective differences including their undeniable enological quality.

 



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Wines of the Month


 

Score legend

Fair    Pretty Good    Good
Very Good    Excellent
Wine that excels in its category Wine that excels in its category
Good value wine Good value wine
Prices are to be considered as indicative. Prices may vary according to the country
or the shop where wines are bought




Torgiano Bianco Torre di Giano Vigna il Pino 2017, Lungarotti (Umbria, Italy)
Torgiano Bianco Torre di Giano Vigna il Pino 2017
Lungarotti (Umbria, Italy)
Vermentino, Grechetto, Trebbiano Toscano
Price: € 18.00 Score: Wine that excels in its category

Intense straw yellow and nuances of straw yellow, very transparent.
Intense, clean, pleasing, refined and elegant, starts with hints of apple, plum and grapefruit followed by aromas of papaya, hawthorn, broom, pear, medlar, butter, hazelnut, thyme, vanilla and mineral.
Crisp attack and however balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors, pleasing roundness.
Persistent finish with flavors of apple, papaya and grapefruit.
6 months in barrique, 3 months in steel tanks.
Stuffed pasta with mushrooms, Roasted fish, Roasted white meat, Mushroom soups



Torgiano Rosso Riserva Rubesco Vigna Monticchio 2015, Lungarotti (Umbria, Italy)
Torgiano Rosso Riserva Rubesco Vigna Monticchio 2015
Lungarotti (Umbria, Italy)
Sangiovese
Price: € 35.00 Score:

Intense ruby red and nuances of garnet red, little transparency.
Intense, clean, pleasing, refined and elegant, starts with hints of plum, black cherry and dried violet followed by aromas of blueberry, raspberry, strawberry, blackberry, cinnamon, cocoa, tobacco, leather, licorice, mace, vanilla and menthol.
Properly tannic attack and however balanced by alcohol, full body, intense flavors, pleasing crispness.
Very persistent finish with long flavors of plum, black cherry and blueberry.
12 months in cask and barrique, 3 years in bottle.
Game, Roasted meat, Braised and stewed meat with mushrooms, Hard cheese



Sicilia Rosso Lanně 2017, Alagna (Sicily, Italy)
Sicilia Rosso Lannì 2017
Alagna (Sicily, Italy)
Nero d'Avola, Merlot, Syrah
Price: € 11.50 Score: Wine that excels in its category

Intense ruby red and nuances of garnet red, little transparency.
Intense, clean, pleasing and refined, starts with hints of blackberry, black cherry and plum followed by aromas of dried violet, tobacco, carob, dried fig and vanilla.
Properly tannic attack and however balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors, pleasing crispness.
Persistent finish with flavors of blackberry, plum and black cherry.
Aged in casks used for the production of fortified wines.
Roasted meat, Stewed meat with mushrooms, Hard cheese



Marsala Vergine Baglio Baiata, Alagna (Sicily, Italy)
Marsala Vergine Baglio Baiata
Alagna (Sicily, Italy)
Grillo, Catarratto
Price: € 16.50 Score:

Brilliant amber yellow and nuances of amber yellow, moderate transparency.
Intense, clean, pleasing and refined, starts with hints of rancho, dried fig and date followed by aromas of citrus fruit peel, leather, hazelnut, honey, almond, licorice, vanilla and nail polish.
Crisp attack and however balanced by alcohol, full body, intense flavors, agreeable.
Persistent finish with flavors of dried fig, almond and hazelnut.
At least 5 years in cask.
Aperitifs, Hard and piquant cheese



Rosso Conero Casirano 2014, Conte Leopardi Dittajuti (Marches, Italy)
Rosso Conero Casirano 2014
Conte Leopardi Dittajuti (Marches, Italy)
Montepulciano
Price: € 17.50 Score:

Intense ruby red and nuances of garnet red, little transparency.
Intense, clean, pleasing and refined, starts with hints of plum, black cherry and dried violet followed by aromas of blueberry, blackberry, chocolate, tobacco, mace and menthol.
Properly tannic attack and however balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors, agreeable.
Persistent finish with flavors of plum, black cherry and blueberry.
12 months in barrique, 10 months in bottle.
Broiled meat and barbecue, Roasted meat, Stewed meat with mushrooms, Hard cheese



Conero Riserva Pigmento 2010, Conte Leopardi Dittajuti (Marches, Italy)
Conero Riserva Pigmento 2010
Conte Leopardi Dittajuti (Marches, Italy)
Montepulciano
Price: € 26.00 Score: Wine that excels in its category

Deep ruby red and nuances of garnet red, little transparency.
Intense, clean, pleasing, refined and elegant, starts with hints of plum, blackberry and dried violet followed by aromas of black cherry jam, blueberry, carob, tobacco, cocoa, cinnamon, mace, leather, licorice, vanilla and menthol.
Properly tannic attack and however balanced by alcohol, full body, intense flavors, agreeable.
Persistent finish with flavors of plum, blackberry and blueberry.
22 months in barrique, 12 months in bottle.
Game, Roasted meat, Stewed and braised meat, Hard cheese



Montefalco Rosso 2016, Perticaia (Umbria, Italy)
Montefalco Rosso 2016
Perticaia (Umbria, Italy)
Sangiovese (70%), Sagrantino (15%), Colorino (15%)
Price: € 10.00 Score: Wine that excels in its category

Intense ruby red and nuances of garnet red, little transparency.
Intense, clean, pleasing and refined, starts with hints of black cherry, plum and violet followed by aromas of raspberry, blackberry, blueberry, carob and orange.
Properly tannic attack and however balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors, agreeable.
Persistent finish with flavors of black cherry, plum and raspberry.
12 months in steel tanks, 6 months in bottle.
Cold cuts, Pasta with meat and mushrooms, Sauteed meat



Montefalco Sagrantino 2015, Perticaia (Umbria, Italy)
Montefalco Sagrantino 2015
Perticaia (Umbria, Italy)
Sagrantino
Price: € 22.00 Score: Wine that excels in its category

Deep ruby red and nuances of garnet red, little transparency.
Intense, clean, pleasing, refined and elegant, starts with hints of blackberry, plum and black cherry followed by aromas of dried violet, blueberry, tobacco, cocoa, juniper, cinnamon, leather, licorice, undergrowth, vanilla and menthol.
Tannic attack and however balanced by alcohol, full body, intense flavors, agreeable.
Persistent finish with flavors of blackberry, plum and black cherry.
12 months in barrique, 12 months in steel tanks, 12 months in bottle.
Game. Roasted meat, Stewed and braised meat, Hard cheese



Terrazze 2019, Tenuta Mazzolino (Lombardy, Italy)
Terrazze 2019
Tenuta Mazzolino (Lombardy, Italy)
Pinot Nero
Price: € 13.00 Score:

Brilliant ruby red and nuances of ruby red, moderate transparency.
Intense, clean and pleasing, starts with hints of cherry, plum and raspberry followed by aromas of strawberry, rose, pomegranate and cyclamen.
Properly tannic attack and however balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors, pleasing crispness.
Persistent finish with flavors of cherry, raspberry and plum.
5 months in steel tanks.
Pasta with meat and mushrooms, Sauteed meat, Fish soups, Roasted white meat



Oltrepo Pavese Pinot Nero Noir 2017, Tenuta Mazzolino (Lombardy, Italy)
Oltrepo Pavese Pinot Nero Noir 2017
Tenuta Mazzolino (Lombardy, Italy)
Pinot Nero
Price: € 32.00 Score: Wine that excels in its category

Intense ruby red and nuances of garnet red, little transparency.
Intense, clean, pleasing, refined and elegant, starts with hints of cherry, plum and raspberry followed by aromas of dried rose, strawberry, blueberry, chocolate, tobacco, leather, mace, pink pepper, vanilla and menthol.
Properly tannic attack and however balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors, pleasing crispness.
Persistent finish with flavors of cherry, plum and raspberry.
12 months in Burgundian pièce.
Roasted meat, Stewed and braised meat with mushrooms, Hard cheese



Ansonica Costa dell'Argentario 2019, La Parrina (Tuscany, Italy)
Ansonica Costa dell'Argentario 2019
La Parrina (Tuscany, Italy)
Ansonica
Price: € 9.90 Score:

Brilliant straw yellow and nuances of greenish yellow, very transparent.
Intense, clean, pleasing and refined, starts with hints of apple, plum and hazelnut followed by aromas of peach, citrus fruits, hawthorn, chamomile, pear and lesser calamint.
Crisp attack and however balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors, agreeable.
Persistent finish with flavors of apple, peach and plum.
6 months in steel tanks.
Fried fish, Pasta and risotto wih fish and crustaceans, Vegetable soups, Sauteed fish



Parrina Rosso Muraccio 2016, La Parrina (Tuscany, Italy)
Parrina Rosso Muraccio 2016
La Parrina (Tuscany, Italy)
Sangiovese (80%), Cabernet Sauvignon (10%), Merlot (10%)
Price: € 11.90 Score:

Intense ruby red and nuances of garnet red, little transparency.
Intense, clean, pleasing and refined, starts with hints of black cherry, plum and black currant followed by aromas of dried violet, blueberry, geranium, pomegranate, carob, tobacco and vanilla.
Properly tannic attack and however balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors, agreeable.
Persistent finish with flavors of black cherry, plum and black currant.
3 years in cask and barrique.
Broiled meat and barbecue, Roasted meat, Stewed meat with mushrooms, Cheese






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