Umani Ronchi Pelago
Umani Ronchi has achieved a great deal in the comparatively short time since its founding in 1957. Starting in a small village in the Marche region, it has grown to 210 hectares across Marche and neighbouring Abruzzo, all farmed organically. And while the Verdicchios on which the company was built still set the standard for that variety, the range has expanded along with the estate, and now includes some world-class, ageworthy red wines. The 2016 vintage, as elsewhere in Italy, saw warm days and cool nights bringing glorious ripeness while retaining acidity. These are structured, fresh, pure, and some of the best this renowned winery has ever made.
Another product of the inimitable mind of Giacomo Tachis (see San Leonardo), Pelago blends Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and
Montepulciano, in a very deliberate fusion of the best local variety with the international grapes taking Italy by storm at the time of its 1994 debut. This intelligent strategy has granted it immunity from the whims of fashion and remain a great-value classic a quarter-century later. 94+ pts Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate: “This is a wine with a deep core of dark fruit and a lot of stuffing
that adds textural fiber and richness. Pelago shows a downright contemporary style that is expressed in terms of volume, softness
and phenolic weight (or sheer grape concentration). This is a super Marche wine from start to finish, with black cherry, blackberry,
soft spice, leather and tar. The 2016 vintage is especially rich and important.”