“Lanari is another Marche producer making delicious wines.” – The Wine Advocate

The Wine Advocate ha riconosciuto l’eccellente qualità dei nostri Rosso Conero Classico 2007 e Riserva Fibbio 2006. Questo il testo dell’articolo:

Although it may not be Italy’s most recognizable wine region, the Marche offers such a large variety of wines that they should be the envy of the boot. Among that enviable array feature some truly remarkable appellations, of which Rosso Conero, the rich red wine made from the Montepulciano grape, arguably reigns supreme. Monte Conero, the lone mountain rising suddenly along the Adriatic Coast near Ancona, and the rolling hills around the town of Varano were identified as excellent wine producing lands as early as the year 1000 by a regional church official.

Upholding this historical tradition, the Lanari estate was founded 30 years ago by father Leardo Lanari and is now run by his son Luca and his wife Paola. Everything in the winery is done artisanally, honoring the region’s long legacy of wine production and following the philosophy that great wine is made in the vineyard and not in the cellar. Located within the borders of the Conero National Park, a nature preserve that delimits the classically defined area of the Conero appellation, the winery boasts a perfect southeast exposure and overlooks the sparkling blue of the Adriatic.

From this idyllic position, Lanari crafts their wines, based on the noble Montepulciano grape. Their Rosso Conero is made from a classic blend of 90% Montepulciano with up to 10% Sangiovese, grown in calcareous clay soils and harvested by hand in the first half of October. Fermented on the skins for up to 3 weeks, the wine is then aged 3-4 months in 2nd and 3rd use barriques. Its bright ruby color gives way to cherry, currant and beach plum laced with hints of leather and fresh herbs, finishing with sweet tannins. Lanari’s Rosso Conero Riserva, called by the name “Fibbio,” comes almost entirely from a single vineyard, known as the “Vigna del Carcere,” or “the Prison Vineyard.” Certainly a wine worthy of princes more than prison inmates, this bottling is made from 100% Montepulciano grown in sandy calcareous soils. The harvest of these grapes starts as late as mid-October and sometimes extends deep into that autumn month. Aged in 70% new French-oak barriques, this wine epitomizes traditional Rosso Conero with an intense, deep ruby hue, notes of black cherry, plum, cloves, sweet pipe tobacco and fresh leather, and a long finish with velvety tannins. We were extremely fortunate at Sherbrooke Cellars to be treated to a vertical tasting of Fibbio extending across 7 vintages back to 1997, which served to underline just what an outstanding and ageworthy representative Lanari is of the best of the Rosso Conero appellation.

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Rosso Conero 2007

“The 2006 Rosso Conero is a plump, flavorful offering loaded with ripe red fruit, licorice, earthiness and tobacco. This warm, generous red should continue to drink beautifully over the next few years.” The Wine Advocate recognized the quality offered by the 2006 bottling of Lanari’s entry-level Rosso Conero, a blend of 90% Montepulciano and 10% Sangiovese aged 3-4 months in 2nd and 3rd use barriques. We expect a similar reaction to the lush 2007 vintage.

Rosso Conero Riserva “Fibbio” 2006

The Wine Advocate wrote that “the 2004 Rosso Conero Riserva Fibbio is gorgeous in the way its subtle, perfumed fruit gradually emerges. A polished, delicious red, the Fibbio offers terrific persistence on the palate and sweet, silky tannins that give the wine its beautiful sense of proportion and balance. This is a great effort from Lanari.” We firmly believe that a similar description can be made of the as yet unrated 2006, another classic vintage featuring the brooding power, sweet cherries, earthiness and soft saddle leather that characterize this single-vintage bottling. 100% Montepulciano, aged 12 months in 70% new French-oak barriques, harvested almost entirely from a single vineyard known as the vigna del carcere, meaning “the prison vineyard,” located in the area of Montacuto.

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