Az. Agr. Maravaglia (Matelica - MC)

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Tasted January 30, 2017 by quaglia with 89 views

Introduction

We were showed the entire production of this small (13 Ha) and young producer located in Central Italy, at a medium altitude of 450 m.
The main features of this area are represented by a very high minerality, due to the kind of marine clay and sand soil; a very high thermal excursion, leading to a nice aromaticity of the wines . Alcohol level between 13 and 14° is another character.
Also if the aerea is vocated to the production od Verdicchio di Matelica, the producer showed also some nice red wines.

Flight 1 - Verdicchio (4 notes)

Three different styles: Alarico: steel only; Grappoli d'oro passing in part (20%) in second hand barrels and grapes are a bit lately harvested.
Archè is an experimental wine, avoiding chemical products in the vineyard, using organic natural ingredients.

White
2015 Azienda Maraviglia Verdicchio di Matelica Alarico Italy, Marche, Verdicchio di Matelica
82 points
Brilliant light straw yellow.
Intense at nose: clearly mineral at first, almost hydrocarbons, then some herbs: Thymus and sage coming out. Agrumes.
Dry, alcoholic, good acidity and high minerality. Good body.
Alcohol at first, then following a strong persistent mineral note until the end. Fruit in sub-order; almond closing. Unbalanced but typical for the wine.
AiS 80/84 2017
White
2013 Azienda Maraviglia Verdicchio di Matelica Alarico Italy, Marche, Verdicchio di Matelica
80 points
Full straw yellow. Nice brightness.
Highly mineral at nose: brackish, brine. Hay and dried fruits hints.
A bit oxydized at taste. Good acidity and high minerality.
Intense, persistent and medium fine. The minerality becoming overwhelming and too important.
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White
2015 Azienda Maraviglia Verdicchio di Matelica Archè Italy, Marche, Verdicchio di Matelica
84 points
Straw yellow, with great brightness.
Fine and intense nose: sweet fruit and flowers: Melon and ginesta with a clear mineral background.
Nice smooth, velvety entry. Evident alcoholic note (14%). Good roundness, minerality is mitigated by a nice structure and fruit. Sage hints.
Intense and persistent mineral imprint, with a sufficient balance.
AiS: 85/88 2017
White
2013 Azienda Maraviglia Verdicchio di Matelica Riserva Grappoli d'Oro Italy, Marche, Verdicchio di Matelica
85 points
Golden yellow.
Fine and complex at nose: evoluted and sweet notes becoming evident together with minerality: camomile, cardamom and Vanilla. Very nice.
Dry, alcoholic, Good acidity and high minerality. Nice balance and good structure. Persistent with a note of white pepper.
20% in wood barrels. AiS 85/88 2017

Flight 2 - Reds (4 notes)

Reds were a nice surprise, especially for the aged Onorio (same blend as the Bosco, but 70% of wine passing second hand barrels)

Red
2014 Azienda Maraviglia Colli Maceratesi Bosco Italy, Marche, Colli Maceratesi DOC
81 points
50% Sangiovese plus Merlot, Cab. Franc, Petit Verdot.
Dark ruby red, with purple rim. Consistent.
Intense, complex and fine at nose: Vegetal notes: elder, green walnut; Red fruits, plum and a distinctive fumè note. Coffee.
Dry, medium rounded. Good acidity and medium tannins and minerality.
Perfect correspondance nose/taste, with a vegetal unripe note.
Medium balance, but a nice wine
Red
2015 Azienda Maraviglia Melodia Marche IGT Italy, Marche, Marche IGT
80 points
Dark ruby red, with pinkysh rim.
Rich nose, complex and fine, mainly fruity of ripe wild cherries and flowery (peonia).
Dry and medium rounded. Lacking in structure, more tannins than fruit.
Nice wine, with a fine nose, but a bit disappointing at taste.
AiS 80/84 2017
Red
2015 Azienda Maraviglia Colli Maceratesi Onorio Italy, Marche, Colli Maceratesi DOC
84 points
Dark purple red.
Intense, complex and fine at nose: spicy: not sweety, white pepper above all. Fruity: red orange and blueberry; vegetal notes of bark.
Dry, alcoholic and medium rounded. Good acidity, pleasent tannins. Good body.
Persistent, with a nice reminds of fruity and peppery notes.
AiS 85/88 2017
Red
2011 Azienda Maraviglia Colli Maceratesi Onorio Italy, Marche, Colli Maceratesi DOC
86 points
Ruby red, with pinkish rim.
Evoluted spicy notes at nose: tobacco and coffee hints coming together with a more elegant pepper and a rich red ripe fruit. Mineral note.
Dry, rounded with a good acidity and minerality. Smoothed tannins. Nice fruity - mineral ending. Well balanced

Closing

Contradictory signals coming from the tasting: the structured Verdicchio grappoli d'oro becoming better with a bit of ageing, while the base Alarico did not..

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