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The Wines of Le Marche

Wines of Le MarcheLe Marche, or Marche—as it is referred to in Italy—comes across as a rather straightforward character in the context of Italy’s regions. Overall, it enjoys a fairly temperate Mediterranean climate throughout its expanse. Situated on the Adriatic coast, Marche derives particular benefit from moderating breezes issuing from the sea. As it is not as yet frequented by the tourist set, it retains an authentic persona, palpably conveyed through its ancient towns and weathered castles. That said, it does quietly entice with pleasures of both the mountain and the sea via a number of attractive beaches and ski resorts.

Le Marche also keeps things fairly simple with respect to its vinous offerings, effectually limiting its white and red production to one principal grape apiece. Verdicchio is the representative of the former, constituting more than half of Le Marche’s output through its production in the zone of Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi. Some believe Verdicchio originated in Le Marche, though it is also associated with a few possible relatives in the white varietal family.
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Sartarelli Verdicchio Castelli di Jesi Classico 2015 750ml
Sartarelli Verdicchio Castelli di Jesi Classico 2015 750ml
Price: $16.99

Textured and vibrant, the ’15 Verdicchio Classico unfurls tantalizing scents of stone and orchard fruits, saline minerals, crushed white flower petals, fresh-cut herbs and citrus zest. This wine has a surprising weight in the mouth, but it gets a lift from its minerality and its zesty inner perfume. Castelli di Jesi is the finest region for Verdicchio, and Sartarelli produces its bottling right in the middle of it. Deriving from vines grown at average altitude of about 1000 feet above sea level, the wine ferments and ages in temperature-controlled stainless steel to transmit the estate’s unique terroir. Easily among the best value whites at IWM, this is a wine to have on hand throughout the year.