Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi – Back in style
Le Marche, a region characterized by rolling hills rising up to the central spine of the Apennines, populated with olive trees, umbrella pines, cypress and grapevines. Le Marche has a beautiful coastline and beaches along the Adriatic Sea, where vacationers quench their thirst with the local white wine, Verdicchio. The name is a derivative of “verde,” which means green, due to its slight green/yellow hue.
Vallerosa Bonci is a family run winery who has dedicated his 104-year history to exploring this indigenous grape and has developed a full catalogue of Verdicchio with the most known DOCs and DOCGs including Sparkling and Passito (dessert wine). Its high-quality white wines are produced in Cupramontana and are noted for their high acidity and a characteristic nutty flavor. Depending on vinification techniques and on the vintage, the Verdicchio ranges from fresh, everyday wines, to wines rich in bouquet and structure, sometimes even capable of aging for 10 years or more.
This wine first became popular on an international level in the 1960s when it was recognized more for its amphora-shaped bottle than for its taste. The bottle, like red-and-white-checkered tablecloths, became a fixture in cookie cutter Italian restaurants worldwide. A decade or so later, this packaging lost its charm and Verdicchio wines fell out of fashion. Winemakers spent those neglected years quietly improving their job quality, equipment, and techniques and the grape’s huge potential was eventually revealed. Produced in small lots, Bonci’s Verdicchios have big personalities and can age well, an attribute not generally associated with white wines.
Young Verdicchios exhibit wonderful floral aromas and taste of green apple, citrus, anice with a bitter almond aftertaste. With a little bit of age they add mineral qualities and their flavor becomes richer in complexity, with notes of licorice, jujubes, caramel. Verdicchio is also remarkable for the warm mouthfill and huge persistency that makes it ideal for unusual food pairing (pork, chicken).The unique acidity showed by Verdicchio grown inland, close to the Appennines, makes it a perfect grape for sparkling wines, both in the Charmat and Classical Method. It’s minerality matches beautifully with natural yeasts to create a nice bread palate, smoothly integrated in a soft and persistent foam. Last but not least a dessert wine, or Passito, which involves drying the grapes prior to crushing. Prominent honey and caramel flavor that opens up in the glass to reveal agrumes (ananas). For further infos on the Vallerosa Bonci and its Verdicchio please visit our website
By Paolo Agostinelle