Marchetti, Rosso Conero "Castro di San Silvestro", Marche, Italy 2021 90% Montepulciano, 10% Sangiovese
PLUM & CASSIS, CHESTNUT & CHOCOLATE, DENSE & DARK A bit of a bruiser (albeit an impressively elegant one) this mostly-Montpulciano from Marchetti is one of the most potent examples of eastern Central Italy’s hometown hero we’ve encountered. Concentrated black fruit with balancing brightness and structure is supported by judicious but substantial Slavonian oak, bolstering an impression of roundness and generosity. While not to be slept on by fans of classic Italian fare, there’s arguably as much appeal here for lovers of modern Bordeaux or Californian Cab and Merlot. Serving Suggestion: Braised boar shank w/ clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, & plum gastrique. Lasagna w/ mushrooms & bechamel. Miso-roasted cremini, chestnut, & portobello mushroom salad on watercress.