Italy’s 10 leading fine white wines7th February, 2013 by Rupert Millar
8. Villa Bucci, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Riserva
Grape variety: Verdicchio
Region: Le Marche
Classification: Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOCG
Average price per bottle: £25
This wine was name-checked fairly consistently by various merchants, Berry Green even hurriedly emailing back to add it to his list hoping it wasn’t too late to include it in any line-up.
If the previous two wines were “rich” and “fleshy” because of skin and oak contact fermentations, then the Verdicchio takes a different course in texture.
One of the newest DOCG titles in Italy (only created in 2010 and formerly a DOC), Verdicchio often takes on a fresher but slightly waxier character.
The 2001 vintage was given 18 points by the Purple Pages Italian expert, Walter Speller, who described it as having “savoury orange and mandarin notes, quince and lemon”.
The wine is aged for six months in oak and at least a further six months in bottle.
Verdicchio di Matelica produced just a little further south is similar but usually tougher in its youth than the more rounded examples from Jesi.