Vinexpo, the yearly trade fair held in Bordeaux ended June 23rd. Picenos consortium took part in the event through its 38 member companies.
DOC Offida takes its name from the town of Offida, which dates back to Stone Age and which was one of the centres of the Piceno civilization. It is the most recent DOC wine, because it was only instituted in 2001, but it is perhaps the one with the most interesting and peculiar profile. It comprises three types of wine: Offida Rosso, Offida Passerina and Offida Pecorino.
Offida Rosso DOC
Offida Rosso grows in the area of the 43rd line of latitude, being a perfect climatic zone for cultivating red grapes. The blend of Montepulciano and Cabernet Sauvignon represents this land best: on one hand, the Italian character of Montepulciano, characterizing its boldness, and on the other an international vine such as Cabernet Sauvignon of sweeter profile; together they give life to a wine that makes its mark because it is long lasting and can boast a just balance, recalling the tradition of great red wines made in Italy, as well as important red wines that imply the most renowned grape growing zones of the world.
The Regulation states that it may be produced with a blend of Montepulciano (at least 50%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (at least 30%). Other non-aromatic red grapes recommended and/or authorised for the province of Ascoli Piceno may also be used to produce this wine, up to a maximum percentage of 20%. (Decree of the Ministry of farming resources dated May 23rd, 2001)
Offida Passerina DOC
Offida Passerina mainly derives from Passerina grapes (it may even be produced purely with these), plus a minimum percentage of other white grapes and may be still, sparkling or passito. In its still version, one appreciates the acidic profile, which is typical of these grapes, as well as the delicate aromas. In the sparkling version, the pleasant stream of tiny bubbles makes the freshness of this wine even more enjoyable, whereas the passito wine version is the most surprising: the wine-making techniques and the refinement period in wood visibly modify the wine’s sensorial features, making it clearly sweet and velvet smooth, features that are left in the background in the other versions.
The regulation imposes at least 85% of Passerina grapes. Other non-aromatic white grapes recommended and/or authorized for the province of Ascoli Piceno may also be used to produce the wine, up to a maximum of 15%. (Decree of the Ministry of farming resources dated May 23rd, 2001)
Offida Pecorino DOC
Offida Pecorino is the most outstanding one among the Piceno DOC wines: the rediscovery of this vine, which only occurred recently, enabled the peculiar features of the wine that was only produced purely in the past to be revealed locally and then to the general public. It turned out to be a bold white wine, with distinctive “exaggerate” hues that make it more similar to red wines: strong sugar content highlights the alcohol percentage, which is always higher than 13°, a good body and highly acidic. Thus this wine is surprisingly long-lived, powerful and pleasantly sharp.
The regulation imposes at least 85% of Pecorino grapes. Other non-aromatic white grapes recommended and/or authorized for the province of Ascoli Piceno may also be used to produce this wine, up to a maximum of 15%. (Decree of the Ministry of farming resources dated May 23rd, 2001)