Just arrived: new Enzo Mecella wines from Le Marche

This week we are excited to feature the 2000 vintage of Enzo Mecella’s Verdicchio di Matelica Casa Fosca, which is only available in 1.5 liter magnum bottles. We always carry the current vintage of Casa Fosca, but we’ve managed to secure a small amount from Enzo Mecella’s cellar, where he keeps a limited quantity of all his age-worthy wines in magnum format.

We’re also pleased to announce the arrival of Enzo Mecella’s Lacrima di Morro d’Alba 2007, an excellent new addition to our portfolio.

These wines will be available for tasting by appointment next week. If you are interested in tasting the featured wines and wish to arrange a meeting, please email michele@domenicovalentino.com or call 718 902-1140.

Our full portfolio and pricing is available at domenicovalentino.com.

Amidst the hype which has begun to surround wines from Le Marche in recent years, winemaker Enzo Mecella (left) has stayed true to his game, producing wines of excellent quality which typify the region.

The Mecella winery (located roughly 60km west of the Adriatic coastal town of Ancona) was founded by Enzo’s father, Marsilio, over 50 years ago. Enzo, with a degree in Oenology from Conegliano Veneto under his belt, took over the family business in 1977. He immediately set about overhauling its methods and policies, which included introducing judicious “barrique” aging to the region.

Le Marche, thanks to a good climate and optimum soil, lends itself to the cultivation of high-quality vineyards. Enzo has forged close relationships with his grape suppliers in order to personally oversee the development of his vines. Choosing to ignore fleeting commercial wine trends, Mecella’s focus is the production of superior wines from old vines of local origin.

Verdicchio di Matelica Casa Fosca 2000 (magnum only)

Many of Enzo Mecella’s wines are made from Verdicchio di Matelica DOC. While Verdicchio di Castelli di Jesi is perhaps the more noted appellation, Verdicchio sourced from vineyards in the lesser-known Matelica appellation is coveted among Italian wine connoisseurs. Made with grapes obtained from a single vineyard ideally located some 300-400 metres above sea-level and surrounded by forest, Mecella’s Verdicchio di Matelica Casa Fosca has been considered the company’s flagship wine since its first vintage in 1997. Vinified in stainless steel where it is left to age on the lees, Casa Fosca is released only once Enzo himself feels it has reached its fullest expression. This invariably means it is left to age in cellars for 7-10 months, and therefore does not appear before July of the following year.

Lacrima di Morro d’Alba 2007

Lacrima di Morro d’Alba is one of the most exciting new grape varieties to emerge from Central Italy. Only recently available in North America, it is a round, fruity, aromatic grape that produces an approachable but intensely flavored red. A great food wine. Its name lacrima, meaning “tear drop,” is due to the “tears” that this rich grape shows in hot summer months when the skins of some berries split and the grapes “cry.” Morro d’Alba, not to be confused with the township of Alba in the Langhe, is a township in Le Marche where the grapes are grown and the wine is made. Historically, the grape has also been cultivated in other parts of Central Italy and the South. Many believe it related to the Aleatico variety.

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