2016 Pievalta Dominé Castelli di Jesi classico superiore, Verdicchio
The Verdicchio is made with 100% Verdicchio grapes from two plots on the slopes of the Esino Valley. Soil type clayey limestone. The area of Castelli di Jesi has a microclimate well suited for light and fresh Verdicchio expressions. Clay and limestone amplify minerality and freshness of fruit. A common note of all Verdicchio is often described as bitter almond and then with age taking on a sweeter marzipan note. This wine is named after the old market that was once stood on the property. A vibrant Verdicchio, with mineral and almost chalky notes, with hints of citrus and a lingering finish.
Pair with seafood pasta, fish dishes or pizza.
Verdicchio is one of the most widely planted white grape varieties in the Marche region of central Italy. It has been cultivated for over 600 years and is the grape behind two of the Marche's most important DOCs Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi, to the west of Ancona and 20 miles from the Adriatic Sea, and Verdicchio di Matelica, further inland and at a higher altitude, close to the Umbria border. Verdicchio's name is derived from verde, meaning green, referring to the yellowish-green skin of the grape, which gives the wine a subtle, greenish hue. It produces crisp, dry, mineral wines of naturally high acidity, often with hints of citrus fruits and almonds. It is also well suited to the production of sparkling wine and Verdicchio was one of the first Italian spumantes back in the 19th century.