Rosso Piceno Superiore DOC is not only a style variation but a much smaller zone in the Rosso Piceno appellation. The vineyards must be in the area around the 13 most southern towns of the Marche region. The standards were set because it is here that is “perfect for grapevine cultivation” according to the regulating body. The percentages of the two main varietals are: Montepulciano (35 to 85%) and Sangiovese (15 to 50%). Other authorized non-aromatic red varietals can be used but can make up no more than 15%, on their own or jointly.
The vineyards considered to be suitable must have an appropriate exposure, proper drainage and must not be located at the bottom of the valley. The maximum production of grapes per hectare must not be more than 12 tons, the wine must have a minimum natural alcohol content by volume of 11.5%, and the Rosso Piceno Superiore wines must be aged for at least one year: they cannot be put on the marketplace before November 1st of the year after the crush.
Appellation: Rosso Piceno Superiore DOC
Type: Red, dry
Varietals: 50% Montepulciano, 50% Sangiovese
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