I had the pleasure of attending the annual Italian tasting a little while back and this wine was hands down one of my favorites of the evening. Interestingly enough, it was also one of the first. I brought a number people back to try and all enjoyed it. Pale in color with a nice crisp nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice crisp dry citrus and minerally notes. On the medium length finish the wine has some nice mouth grip, hanging around nicely in the mouth where the vibrant acidity gently coats the palate. Yum … I would give it an 88 or so. Sadly not in the LCBO. $17.99 a bottle from Profile Wine Group.
From the winery’s web site:
Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Doc Classico
FIRST VINTAGE BOTTLED 2005.
PRODUCTION AREA Vineyards in the original and most ancient area of Castelli di Jesi.
VARIETY Verdicchio monovarietal.
AVERAGE ALTITUDE 100 meters above-sea-level
SOIL TYPE Medium-texture tending to sandy.
TRELLISING SYSTEM Spurred cordon.
DENSITY PER HECTARE 5.000 plants per hectare.
YIELD PER HECTARE 80 quintals of grapes approximately.
YIELD PER GRAPE-VINE 1,5 Kg of grapes approximately.
HARVEST Handpicked, early in the morning or late in the afternoon, grapes are placed in small trays and kept in cold cells before being taken to the winery.
FERMENTATION Verdicchio is made from grapes which are handpicked when they are slightly over ripe. After soft pressing, the must is channelled into cooling containers and brought to 5°C for static decanting. Then it is transferred into steel tanks, and is vinified at controlled temperature to preserve its aromas. The wine matures in steel containers, at controller temperature, until sterile bottling.