The estate was established in 1970 in Contrada Ciafone, on the Adriatic coast of Le Marche and is now under the direction of brothers Massimiliano and Walter Bartolomei. Made from vines grown on calcareous and clay soil, this floral and refreshing white is made from the Pecorino grape, a variety that became almost extinct in the 1980's until it was brought back from the brink by a dedicated group of wine growers in the Le Marche region. The Pecorino grape (not to be confused with Pecorino Romano cheese) comes from the word pecora or 'sheep' and is so-named because it is said that the sheep enjoy eating the grapes while grazing the rolling hills of Le Marche. Merlettaie, on the other hand, means 'lacemaker'.
A clear light straw in colour. In the glass, scents of lemon blossom, peaches and apricots. The palate is generous and mouth filling, with excellent length and intensity. Further tropical fruit flavours leave a lasting impression on the finish. Perfect with porchetta, rabbit fricassee or baked mackerel ( a Le Marche staple) with fennel fronds.