The Conero region in Marche has winemaking roots tracing back to the 10th Century B.C. and the Etruscan period. Though Abruzzo gets much of the credit for Montepulciano, it is this staple in Northern Italy known for its chalky, limestone soils as well as birthing the famous winemaker, Cesare Mondavi, who made the most expressive and interesting versions of the native Italian grape.
Picking up where the great Mondavi left off, there are several wineries in the region that help pace this gorgeous wine region. One of those for the last 100+ years has been the Garofoli family,
Gianluca is the latest Garofoli in a long and proud line to lead the show at his family’s winery. He makes some beautiful white wines and Reds from Verdicchio to Montepulciano. I love this expression of Montepulciano because the vineyard benefits greatly from the ocean giving the wine a gorgeous natural salinity. As Eric Guido noted for Vinous, “This is the most northern location in Italy that you’ll find a DOC Montepulciano which, combined with the poor soils and moderating influences of the Adriatic coast, produces fruit that is packed full of character.”
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90 Points, Vinous
The 2018 Rosso Piancarda is intensely spiced and perfumed, as medicinal cherries and raspberries are complemented by dusty rose and sweet cedar. On the palate, the Piancarda takes a turn towards the savory spectrum. Salty and full of zesty minerality, the 2018 shows sapid red fruits, hints of plum and brisk acids that keep the expression fresh. Grippy tannins linger through the finale, as hints of sour citrus and tart berries slowly taper. The Piancarda is a varietal Montepulciano from the most Northern part of Italy where Montepulciano is produced and refined in large casks.