Umani Ronchi, Marche Rosso IGT Pelago 2013

Pelagos means “sea” in ancient Greek. Bernetti says the name reflects “the influence of the sea on the wine, giving it balsamic flavours, with notes of mint and licorice”.

Pelago is Umani Ronchi’s version of Sassicaia, the first Super Tuscan, and made from 50 per cent montepulciano, 40 per cent cabernet sauvignon and 10 per cent merlot. “It is a wine that retains the style and person­ality of the indigenous grapes while broadening its aromatic profile and complex­ity by adding qualities of the Bordeaux style of wine,” Bernetti says, adding that “the montepulciano component adds freshness and acid to the wine, balancing the relative heaviness of the cabernet sauvignon”.

50% Montepulciano, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon & 10% Merlot

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