Due east of Tuscany is a region called Le Marche (pronounced MARK-eh), and its traditional reds based upon the Sangiovese grape – same as Tuscany – and the Montepulciano grape, which thrives on the Adriatic coast. Today's wine is called Rosso Piceno, Picenum being the ancient name of this region. Along with Rosso Conero, these are two gems of the Le Marche region. Today's selection is a single-vineyard wine that excels, and at a very reasonable cost.
2009 Rosso Piceno Superiore, Saladini Pilastri, Vigna Monteprandone $17 srp
Airy, feather-like nose of dried cherry, fresh herbs, roses, tea and a touch of salt and chocolate. Perfumed but light on its feet. Delicious, concentrated flavors of fruit compote with a dry, stick to your palate, long finish. Just beginning to spread its wings, best to cellar a bit if possible. Drink now-2018.