Today I’d like to reintroduce a tasty new/old wine that just arrived in our stores. Some of you may remember back in the 80s and 90s an Italian white wine being sold in amphora or fish shaped bottles. I recall seeing this wine on every Italian restaurant wine list as well as in every wine shop back then. This inexpensive wine was verdicchio (vehe-DEEK-kyoh). As American wine drinkers became more sophisticated however, verdicchio fell out of fashion. It may have had something to do with the gimmicky bottles, but recently this unique Italian white has undergone a quality revolution.
Verdicchio is produced in the Marche (Mar-kay) region of Italy. The vineyards are located between the Apennine Mountains and the Adriatic Sea. The very best vineyards are found in the denominations of origin known as Matelica and Castelli di Jesi. It is in the Castelli di Jesi that our newest Italian white wine hails from.
Marotti Campi Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi (yes that’s a mouthful) is an estate bottled, single vineyard wine from the classic area. The Marotti Campi Verdicchio has good acidity offering subtle, crisp, clean fruit flavors offset by nuances of almonds and white flowers.
There is plenty to like about this terrific value: refreshing citrus fruit, zesty acidity and complex minerality which are the hallmarks of the “new” verdicchios making their way to the U.S. Serve this wine with a plate of fried calamari and a squeeze of lemon for a match made in heaven.
Paul Quaglini, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits wine and spirits supervisor
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