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La Staffa 'Rincrocca' Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Riserva Classico DOCG, Marche, Italy 2018

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Overview of the Wine
La Staffa's young owner and enologist Riccardo Baldi was sharing a booth not far away, and I tasted through his whole line of wines, impressed by them and by his youthful enthusiasm (Riccardo is 24 and has already made 4 vintages). A week later, a visit to the vineyards and winery in the beautiful rolling hills outside the little town of Staffolo was equally impressive. (The Marche is one of Italy's most beautiful region, and the wine and food culture of the area should be better known.)

Ian d'Agata, in his wonderful new book about Italian grapes*, says that Verdicchio is arguably Italy's greatest native white grape variety;' I don't know if I'd go quite that far, but I love the grape and have drunk a lot over the years. The combination of aromas and flavors (apple, citrus, almond, herbs) is different, the weight in the mouth is different, but both wines are excellent examples of a fine Italian native variety.

Grape / Blend
100% Verdicchio 

Marche, Italy

Winemaker's Tasting Notes
La Staffa’s ‘Rincrocca’ is a selection of old Verdicchio vines. The site is planted with 5 different clones of Verdicchio, 2 of these clones are not available in the market anymore. Notes of almond, citrus, green apple, and herbs, with fresh acidity and a long finish. Delicious as a dry aperitif, or drink with most any seafood dish or roast chicken.

93 Points - Vinous
The 2018 Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Riserva Rincrocca is delicate and perfumed, with notes of sweet basil and sage giving way to orange oils and freshly sliced pears. It takes a more energetic turn on the palate. Silky with zesty acidity and ripe orchard fruits, it finds contrast in notes of sour citrus and exotic spice. This leaves a coating of primary concentration through the long, tense and light finale, promising years of further development. Give the 2018 some time in the cellar to allow its bouquet to fully develop. I personally can’t wait to check in on this again a few years down the road.

Product size: 750ml

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