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Andrea Felici, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi, Classico Superiore Marche, Italy 2018 (750mL)
The Verdicchio variety, native to the magnificent Marche region on Italy’s Adriatic coast, has not only emerged as one of the best-known of Italy’s countless indigenous whites but is, in arguably Italy’s greatest native white grape. This may come as a surprise to those who remember when the most famous Verdicchio was packaged in a fish-shaped bottle but make no mistake: Some of the most exciting white wines in Italy are coming out of the Castelli di Jesi region of Le Marche. Situated between the Apennine mountains and the Adriatic Sea, this historic region is enjoying a renaissance thanks in part to new-generation talents like Leopardo Felici, son of estate namesake Andrea, who was named “2020 Winemaker of the Year'' by Italian wine guide publisher Gambero Rosso. “Verdicchio” translates roughly to “little green one” and indeed there’s a “green-ness” to the fruit character that may remind you of Austrian Grüner Veltliner as well. Yet another analog would be Loire Valley Chenin Blanc, which delivers a similar push-pull of juicy, palate-coating texture and racy acidity. The wine displays a bright yellow-gold color with flecks of green at the rim, which offers a hint of the aromas and flavors to come: green apple, green melon, lime peel, and green herbs, along with a touch of nectarine, chamomile, chalk, and wet rocks. It leans toward medium-plus in body but zips up on the citrusy, mouth-watering finish, leaving you feeling not just energized but ready to get some fresh seafood on the table.
- Sub-RegionCastelli di Jesi
- FarmingCertified Organic
- Temp.Serve at 45-50° F
- GlasswareAll-Purpose Stem
- PairingRoasted Branzino w/ Lemon & Thyme
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