In a nutshell: A generous, juicy and organic red from Le Marche in Central Italy.
The lowdown: This is a blend of Montepulciano and Sangiovese which is fermented and aged in stainless steel. Vermilion in colour, it's rose scented underneath with a layer of strawberry aromas coming through as you drink it. On the palate it got succulent berry flavours with a gentle spiciness, soft texture and a mere hint of supple tannins. It's at it's best as a young and fresh wine and is good served very slightly chilled.
When to drink: An uncomplicated, but juicy and pleasurable glugger. Perfect to drink on its own, or pair it with cured meats and light pasta dishes.
First established in 1970 Societa Agricola Ciù Ciù is run by brothers Massimiliano and Walter Bartolomei. The estate is situated near the town of Offida in the heart of the Piceno hills in the Marche region of central Italy only a few kilometres from the Adriatic coast.
In their extensive vineyards they culitvate a wide range of varieties from Passerina and Pecorino, indigenous to the Marche region, to the more widely known Montepulciano, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Barbera, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. They cultivate on an organic basis and are also keen that their wines are an authentic expression of their region - terroir, and particularly that of their local area, is something dear to the Bartolomei brother's hearts.