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Velenosi Ludi 2016

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750ML / 14.5% ABV
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750ML / 14.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Intense ruby red color which tends to turn garnet with aging. The nose results deep and intense, with notes of full-ripened dark fruits, blackcurrants, cherries, licorice, graphite with a touch of balsamic notes. Elegant on the palate, shows fine, soft and round tannins. Long and fruity finish. An ideal pairing with meat-based dishes and aged cheeses.

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The 2016 Velenosi Offida Rosso Ludi displays an impenetrably dark purple hue in the glass, and offers scents of ripe cherry, blueberry, confectioner’s spice and dried florals. Silky textures are contrasted by tart red and black fruits, minerals and zesty acids, displaying remarkable balance and poise for such a large-scale wine, as savory herbal tones develop toward the close. The finish is long and structured; fine tannins clench the senses with youthful grip and a slight twang of citrus accentuates the inner violet floral tones. This is very well done, a blend of 85% Montepulciano with equal parts of Cabernet and Merlot, aged 18 to 24 months in French oak of various sizes. Drinking window: 2022 - 2028

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Located just outside of the town of Ascoli Piceno, Velenosi is a dynamic estate headed by the charismatic and skilled Angela Velenosi. The estate is included in the Rosso Piceno Superiore production subzone, a privileged area included in the much larger zone of Rosso Piceno. While Rosso Piceno is produced in a rather vast hilly area of the Marche, only the very limited zone within the province of Ascoli Piceno, with its special microclimate and pedologic conditions that extend over fourteen municipalities of this province, is designated Superiore. In addition to Rosso Piceno Superiore, which is generally cited smong the top wines in the Marche, Velenosi also produces a Bordeauz-style IGT Marche called Ludi that is widely considered one of the top Italian wines. The potential of this terroir combined with the work of Attilio Pagli at the helm of the winemaking has lead Velenosi to be recognized as a leading producer in Italy and around the world.
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While picturesque hillsides, endless coastlines and a favorable climate serve to unify the grape-growing culture of this country. The apparent never-ending world of indigenous grape varieties gives Italy an unexampled charm and allure for its red wines. From the steep inclines of the Alps to the sprawling, warm, coastal plains of the south, red grape varieties thrive throughout.

The kings of Italy, wines like Barolo and Barbaresco (made of Nebbiolo), and Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino (made of Sangiovese), as well as Amarone (mostly Corvina), play center stage for the most lauded, collected and cellar-worthy reds. Less popular but entirely deserving of as much praise are the wines made from Aglianico, Sagrantino and Nerello Mascalese.

For those accustomed to drinking New World reds, the south is the place to start. Grapes like Negroamaro or Primitvo from Puglia and Nero d’Avola from Sicily make soft, ammicable, full-bodied, fruit-dominant wines. Curious palates should be on the lookout for Cannonau (Grenache), Lagrein, Teroldego, Ruché, Freisa, Cesanese, Schiopettino, Rossese and Gaglioppo to name a few.

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