Classico 2015 - Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore
Bucci Classico 2015 - Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore (89 tsomw points)
Ever heard about this great winery from the Marche region?
One of the keys to Bucci’s excellence is its top-notch vineyard management. The vines are rather old (averaging 45 years), and cultivation (in the vineyards and the olive groves) is entirely organic, officially certified since 2002. There are five Verdicchio vineyards located at excellent altitudes, with perfect exposition, giving the wines greater complexity and exceptional consistency from vintage to vintage. A sixth vineyard, San Fortunato, is split between two red grapes.
There are 64 acres under vine, with 52 dedicated to Verdicchio in the Classico DOC appellation, and 12 acres planted with Montepulciano and Sangiovese for the Rosso Piceno DOC. Around 30% of the soil is clay and calcareous and crops are kept very limited, half the permissible crop yields as established by DOC regulations.
Aging receptacles used include stainless steel tanks, and Slavonian, Allier and Italian oak barrels, ranging from 25 to 75 hectoliters. The winery prefers used barrels to micro-oxygenate the wine without yielding harsh wood aromas. Each of the Verdicchio vineyards are vinified separately, then carefully blended before bottling. Bucci’s Verdicchios are so complex and structured that bottling essentially occurs very late (July to August for the regular), ensuring great natural stability and longevity. Vinification and élevage take place in the underground winery, whose naturally cool temperatures make refrigeration mostly unnecessary.
My tasting notes:
In the glass this Verdicchio shows a bright yellow color with green reflections.
On the nose delicate aromas of yellow apple, citrus fruit and light peach with well integrated hints of flowers, herbs and almond.
On the palate dry with soft mouthfeel, well balanced with nice acidity showing flavours of citrus and green apple with nice mineral touch. Long finish showing show light almond notes.
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