Rosso Piceno Wine

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Rosso Piceno is a DOC in the Marche of central Italy. This region spans the hills of Ancona, Macerata and Ascoli Piceno provinces. The name refers to the Piceni, or Picenes, the ancient tribe that dwelled there until the Roman conquered around the 2nd century BC. This red blend dates very far back. Hannibal is said to have refreshed his troops on the wine. And in the first century AD, Pliny the Elder made mention of the Piceni wine in his writings. 
A minimum 60% Sangiovese is required, with the rest a balance of Montepulciano and sometimes the white varietals Trebbiano and Passerina to soften the flavors. Rosso Piceno Supreriore must be aged at least 12 months in barrel and have a minimum ABV of 12%. The Superiore wines are limited to the higher quality/lower yield Ascoli Piceno vineyard zone. 
– Description from Amanda Schuster

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