Friday, July 17, 2009

2005 Brunori "Barco" Rosso Conero Marche Italy

Mario and Giorgio Brunori "Barco" Rosso Conero DOC Marches Italy

Founded in 1956 by Mario Brunori, the winery is located near the village of San Paolo di Jesi, in the Contrada San Nicolò, perched at 200 meters above sea level. The village resides in the heart of the Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico DOC, in the Le Marche (Marches) region, central eastern part of Italy.

His son Giorgio came soon after to work alongside him. Today, the family estate is now led by Mario's grandchildren, Carlo and Cristina, who have inherited not only the extensive experience in tending the vines, but also a deep interest in the knowing and applying modern technology.

The Brunori family, whose ancestral home is the town of Cupramontana (Province of Ancona), have always been producers of Verdicchio wine, but it was not until 1956 that they went from simply turning out wine in barrels to bottling their product, at the same time opening a sales outlet in the town of Jesi (Province of Ancona).

Although their production remains 90% of whites made with Verdicchio, they now produce quite a few wines with other grapes (3 reds, 3 whites including their famous San Nicolò Verdicchio Classico Superiore), but also a sparkling wine (Verdicchio Vino Spumante Charmant process), completed by a small production of Olive oil and 3 different Eau de Vie.

2005 Brunori "Barco" Rosso Conero DOC Marches Italy

Suggested retail price $16-$19
Distributed by Petit Pois Corp / Sussex Wine Merchants in NYC

Their 2005 Brunori "Barco" Rosso Conero DOC (Marches), one of the 3 reds they produce, was fermented in stainless steel tanks with grapes skins and pulp for 7-8 days. Followed by a short ageing period in cement thank then transferred into oak barrels (1/3 new) for another 6 months. Made from 100% Montepulciano from a 6.5 hectares vineyard with dry-sandy mixed soil and southeastern exposure, located in the Rosso Conero DOC, on the slope of the Monte Conero, a mountain overlooking the city of Ancona. From a different source, this wine may contain 10% Sangiovese and spend a bit more time in oak, but the winery website doesn't mention it.

In the glass, Brunori Barco's robe exposes an intense ruby red color with red onion shin reflects that will clearly mature to orange with age. The nose is earthy and floral, Violette and Rose notes, with aromas of ripe dark berries. The palate is dry, medium bodied, quite mellow yet with very good acidity and persisting dark, earthy fruit flavors. The finish is here again earthy, with slightly dry tannins. Overall, an interesting, sapid wine to pair (like most Italian wines) with food, to attenuate some of the tannins and soften the texture. Red meat, pasta dishes with red sauce and aged cheeses should complement it nicely.


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Info partly taken from the winery website at

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