Wine tasting notes: the best whites from Marche and Abruzzo

Date:28-01-2014 08:58:37 read:5

Wine tasting notes: the best whites from Marche and Abruzzo

Three white wines from Marche and Abruzzo that are so good, they won't last long

Hamish Anderson's wine picks 

2012 Verdicchio di Matelica, Poggio alle Rondini, Marche £6.99 (when buying two)

Majestic Verdicchio is responsible for many of the Marche’s most interesting whites. This is grown in the Matelica region, up in the hills to the west of Ancona. Like many Italian whites the flavour profile sits in the herbaceous rather than fruity camp – here, fresh herbs, grass and a twist of lemon peel.

2012 M&S Pecorino, Terre de Chieti, Abruzzo £9.99, Marks & Spencer

Abruzzo, Marche’s neighbour to the south, was for years a vinous wasteland but is now full of dynamism. M&S got on board early and the 2012 is one of the best yet to appear under its label. Typically perfumed and intriguing with a fresh, chalky undercurrent, it is both interesting and highly drinkable.

2010 Verdicchio di Matelica ‘Cambrugiano’ Riserva, Cantine Belisario, Marche £16.82,

Verdicchio is known for its easygoing nature, yet when winemakers aspire to more it makes some of Italy’s great whites. This has a warming core of wild honey and spice yet there is also wonderful poise to be found in its prickly acidity. A bargain for wine of this stature

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