Ciù Ciù Oris Falerio 2015

Bright straw-gold color with hints of green; flowers, delicate fruit notes, spice on the attractive nose; bright light fruits, touch of bite on the palate.

Medium body, nice, fresh, off-dry, crisp acidity, medium finish. Best drunk young. Blend of 50% oris, 30% trebianno, 20% pecorino grapes—no country has more “who knew” grapes than Italy. The trebianno and pecorino grapes used in this blend are indigenous to the area. All grapes are grown organically, an emphasis at Ciù Ciù.

The Ciù Ciù estate started small in 1970, but has grown considerably since then. It is located in the heart of the Piceno hills, at Offida (Ascoli Piceno), in the Rosso Piceno Superiore production area of the Marche region in eastern-central Italy (east of Tuscany). Falerio is the name of the denominazione (the protected name of the production zone) and comes from the name of the Roman city where the wine is produced.

The Ciù Ciù name honors the father of the estate founder Natalino Bartolomei. The father worked on the railroad, so the name is Italian for choo-choo. Yes, it is that simple and wonderfully amusing. A wine named after the sound a choo-choo train makes to honor their father. Today, sons Walter and Massimiliano continue in Natalino’s footsteps.

Ciù Ciù Oris Falerio 2015 has great nose, good body and acidity; easy, fresh, crisp drinker that will work very well as a summer sipper or paired with pasta-fish dishes. Excellent value-for-price at $10.

Ciù Ciù winery website

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