Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Try something different: a Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi

If you're like me, you may not be too familiar with the Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC, although it is the leading appellation in The Marche, a region of gentle rolling hills in Central Italy located between the Adriatic and the Apennines mountains.

Verdicchio is a white grape variety of ancient origin and has been cultivated in the Marches region since the 1300s. The name comes from the word verde, which means green, due to its slightly green-yellow color. We recently tried a 2006 Bucci Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico. The wine had a light yellow color and a fresh nose of sweet apple and pear. On the palate, it was light-bodied, nutty, with mineral notes on the finish. In short, the perfect summer sipper. Try it with a plate of Spaghetti alle Vongole and imagine you're in one of these seaside resorts on the Adriatic coast.

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bricks29 said...

I happened to cross upon an old vintage of 1991 Verdicchio Dei Castelli Di Jesi Classico, S. Michele Vineyard by Vallerosa Bonci and I was wondering if you have any information on that particular vintage, wine-making notes, etc.
-Chas Boynton