93 Insider Points

REVIEWS

I first met Simone Santucci 6 years ago while running my own import company. His wines, made in the quiet hills of Le Marche, are a beautiful reflection of the terroir that his father helped to bring back to life. Here, his Falerio Pecorino (Falerio being the name of the DOC, Pecorino the eclectic grape) is a wine with ageability. At 5 years, this hearty white is going strong and showing very well. Highly recommended for the dry white lovers of the world. 93 Points - JZ Nov '18

WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    100% Pecorino
  • APPELLATION
    Falerio Pecorino DOC
  • ALCOHOL
    13.50%
  • SIZE
    375ml
  • AGING/COOPERAGE
    6 months in cement tank on the lees

Sometimes I feel like I am living in a tale, where everything is perfumed by several different smells given from the special union of my vineyards’ plants with the soil, the sky, the crop and the sunflowers that surround them, participating to its unstoppable natural cycle. The perfume that comes from this special union of elements is soft and light, I try to find the same fragrance in my wine too”.   -Simone Santucci, winegrower

Four Reasons We Love It:

  • Hand-selected by our awesome Sourcing Manager (affectionately known to you as JZ), this wine was imported from the gemstone region of central Italy, Le Marche. 
  • Made from the ancient & indigenous varietal Pecorino, named for the folklore that it was the hungry sheep who first "discovered" the grape growing high in the Sibillini foothills, their shephards seeing them and yelling "Ehi! Pecorino!"
  • A classic and traditional Italian white, dry as a bone and full of rich minerality
  • Beautiful half-bottle makes for a light refresher or an excellent gift
TASTING NOTES 

Floral, tropical aromas with a smoky melon flavor.

Serve slightly chilled at around 58° F with white fish and hard cheeses.

THE STORY TO KNOW

From the winery:

Graziano Santucci had a vision – he dreamed of owning a parcel of land so that he could produce wines and olive oils that truly express the soul of his home. It was from this dream that Graziano was able to find what he was seeking, a hillside property in his hometown of Montegranaro.

When he began in 1976, nobody thought the area was anything noteworthy, most of the workers going off to work in the shoe factories or farms in other villages. Graziano knew he had found something special. He loved his land, the vines, the fruit and olive trees, the soil, everything. Graziano had a deep connection with this patch of earth, a connection that he wanted to be sure was never lost.

Graziano passed in 1993, leaving his fruitful hillside to his son and new daughter-in-law, Simone & Tiziana. They felt the connection, as Graziano had, and decided it was time to take it to the next step. Simone, then a young and ambitious marchigiano, saw more and more of his father’s vision as he looked over his family’s property. With Tiziana by his side, as ambitious as her husband, Simone set out for his father’s vision: to craft wines that express the soul of the land, wines of terroir.

Today, the area surrounding Montegranaro is known for its richness in agriculture. Many of the jobs that were once lost to the factories have come back to the farms, and the local economy is thriving.

The area of production of Pecorino is identified in the hilly ranges from Macerata until the Abruzzo region. This old vine almost disappeared in the 70s, as a vine of low production, until it was recovered by growers in the Marche. The grape yields wines with excellent structure both alcoholic and total acidity. The grapes are harvested by hand in boxes of 20 kg max. Fermentation takes place at controlled temperature between 18°-20°C in stainless steel barrels. Then the wine remains on the lees until the month of March. Bottle aging between 45 and 60 days.