Italian White Wines for Spring

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2011 Capestrano Verdicchio di Matelica 13% $11

Verdicchio, aka Trebbiano di Lugana (and Trebbiano di Soave for that matter), is the name used for this grape in the Marche region, around what would be the back of the knee in the boot of Italy. In the Verdicchio di Matelica region, the wines produced in the local mineral rich hillside vineyards tend to be rather focused and crisp, with prominent flavors of peaches and an assertive, almost salty minerality. 

This smells of big ripe peach and stinky volcanic soil all covered in a bit of cheese ring. A bit tense and firm in the mouth, this opens with assertive earthy, mineral notes followed by gentle white fruits suspended on a rather angular frame. There's plenty of cut on the palate, with a hint of tannin that drives the medium length, dusty dry and refreshing finish. Not a fruity wine, this is a bit simple and subtle but beautifully built. A really fine food wine. 87 points


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