We headed out of Fermo and literally just passed the old town walls when we had to turn into a quiet lane that led us straight to the winery. The Cantina Ortenzi is located in a beautiful setting with wonderful views all around. Even before we tasted the wine, the inebriated hills eased us into a warm sense of hospitality.

One of the co-oweners, Christian, came out to meet us and show us around. The vines were sloping down in a southerly direction and more were being planted in order to expand production. 

Amos, Falerio-Pecorino, La Cantina Ortenzi 

Named after the Hebrew word that describes one who loves to make things, the Amos is a lovely golden colour.

Aromas of apricot, honey, acacia. As we waited, the wine continued to display new characteristics, including hints of butterscotch.

It is rich with good acidity, giving it good length. I would love to enjoy a bottle with local truffle and mushroom risotto.

We also tasted the red wine here which is also delicious.

Rosso Piceno, Baruc (Hebrew for Benedict)

This is an easy to drink wine with aromas  of raspberries and blackcurrants and then a second, more delicate layer of rose petals. There are hints of oak but it not overdone. The DOC rules that all wine rosso piceno wine must have at least 12 months in oak. This wine has been aged for 2 years before it is deemed ready for serving. this means the flavours are well integrated and drinking this wine leaves you feeling very warm and satisfied. What could be better?

For a food pairing, I would suggest either: antipasti of cold meets and vegetables, or rich gamey meats cooked with local Marche herbs. The food here is exceptional, so it is great that the wines are getting the recognition that they deserve too. So many matches made in heaven!

web: http://www.cantinaortenzi.it/

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