Although most commonly encountered as a white wine in Tuscany, Vernaccia, which translates to vernacular, or native, is a name that has been applied to many local, indigenous grapes throughout Italy. In this case, we have the much rarer black grape called Vernaccia di Serrapetrona that’s used in the Marche (just to east of Tuscany) to make sparkling red wines. And wow, what a Vernaccia this is! From the tiny Marche estate of Fattori Colmone it greets you at once with an enticing nose of violets, red fruits, and sweet spices, while the crisp, clean, and slightly sparkling palate delivers just oodles of flavor and sort of sheer, primal deliciousness that’s simply off the charts. Served chilled like a white wine, the Il Ciarliero makes for a fascinating patio quaff as well a being an ideal accompaniment to traditional Italian antipasti, cheeses and salami, as well as an excellent partner for red-sauced pasta dishes and pizza.