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Study Cards on rosso, doc, montepulciano

What is a key black variety of the Marche? What is special and how is it vinified?
  • Montepulciano (other is Sangiovese)
  • Often blended with Sangiovese (70-85% MP)
  • Needs carefull selection; ripens unevenly and late
  • Disadvantage: can develop reductive sulfur compounds -aeration needed.
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Two styles of Montepulciano are made in the Marche, which are these?
  1. Ripe, no oak; medium intensity cherry, short maceration
  2. Pronounced intensity; red cherry, black plum and (large) oak; longer maceration
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What are the DOC(g)s for Montepulciano (blends) in the Marche?
  1. DOC Rosso Piceno: 35-85%
  2. DOC Rosso Piceno Superiore: higher %abv, min 1 year ageing
  3. DOCG Offida Rosso: 85-100%, 24 months ageing (1 year oak)
  4. DOC Rosso Conero Min 85%
  5. DOCG Rosso Conero Riserva; m24 months ageing (1 year oak) 
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