When wine made from the Montepulciano grape variety arrives in the UK it has normally come from Abruzzo, which makes this Umani Ronchi “San Lorenzo” Rosso Conero quite rare in that it comes from further north than Abruzzo (in fact it comes from the region of Marche). Here (aided by the warm summers in the south of the region) robust red wines are made under the Rosso Conero and Conero Riserva classifications.
Vinified in stainless steel tanks (and with a year in oak) this 2011 Umani Ronchi “San Lorenzo” Rosso Conero offers a relatively pure bouquet of morello cherries, freshly picked plums and crushed flowers. The palate is dry, full and intensely flavoured. Showing slightly more complexity than was in evidence on the nose, the palate of this “San Lorenzo” Rosso Conero offers charcoal mineral notes alongside the primary flavours of plum and cherry that were obvious before. Slightly grippy tannins are paired with a juicy acidity that offers the choice of mid-term cellaring or immediate consumption.
SCORE: 86 points. (£12 UK) STOCKISTS: Fareham Wine Cellar / Great Western Wine / Invinity Wines