Verdicchio is a white wine grape variety cultivated primarily in the Marche region of central Italy. It grows best in well drained soils of sand and limestone, has high acidity and typically a delicate bouquet.

Marche has two DOC titles for Verdicchio wines: Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi and Verdicchio di Matelica.

Verdicchio is a versatile variety, used both for light, easy-drinking wines, and for more complex, ageworthy examples. And it is often used as the base for sparkling wines. Its aromatic characteristics are mostly very elegant with touches of bitter almonds, green fruits and citrus notes, flavours of honey and nuts can be developed with bottle-aging.

The Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore 2016 from Villa Bucci in Marche is a classic style of Verdicchio from one of the best producers of that region. Verdicchio is the dominant grape variety at Bucci estate, with 21ha devoted to its cultivation. The grapes from each vineyard are vinified separately in the underground winery and later blended to create two expressions of Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico: a riserva and a superiore. The riserva ages for 12-15 months in Slavonian oak barrels and six months in bottle.

The Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore 2016 has a pale straw colour with hints of wet stone, peach and honey on the nose. Good body and silky texture on the well-balanced and elegant palate. Plenty of stone fruit flavours (ripe apricot, yellow peach and nectarine) and almond notes linger on the tangy finish.

Food pairing: pasta salad with shrimp
Useful tips: serve it chilled 7-10˚C

Amsterdam, December 4th 2019