Over a decade ago, Marco Merli left a life as a fashion designer to become a naturalista in the Umbrian hills just outside of Perugia. Right away he brought an astute attention to detail, with a rigorous aesthetic.
To be clear: he doesn’t make wild wines, instead, layers, weaves, and interweaves the wildness of the Umbrian hills and grape varieties into addictively savory wines, with well placed highlights of bitter and sour.
Marco works various patches of vineyards, often abandoned with interesting old biotypes in the Colli Albertini. Fermentation takes place parcel by parcel, variety by variety, before eventual a final blending in dozens of re-conditioned small cement or fiberglass tanks. Sangiovese, Cigliegiolo, old vine (40-50 years) Trebbiano Toscano, and Verdicchio are varieties you’ll recognize from central Italy.