Dominè, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi 2019
Classico Superiore DOC, Pievalta, 750 ml
This Verdicchio bears the name of the old "Empório" that was on the property. On the left bank of the Esino river, in the vineyards that are more than 50 years old, this lively and mineral white wine is produced. Its fragrance is characterized by fresh, citric notes, reminiscent of peaches, mangos, limes and yellow flowers with a certain spice of herbs. The palate is also dominated by spicy and salty freshness and liveliness, making it the perfect accompaniment to aperitif riche and fish dishes. A rendezvous between grapefruit, mandarin, carambola and white peach, accompanied by an exciting juiciness and salty touch.
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Marc Almert about the Dominè Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi
The Pievalta winery celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Its wines were produced organically right from the outset and have now also been graced by biodynamic certification for over ten years. The clear focus here is on the Verdicchio grape variety, which is typical of the appellation Castello di Jes found in the region of Italy known as The Marches, where it grows on the slopes overlooking the River Esino. Verdicchio is quite deliberately only released for sale after maturing in the bottle for a few years and I consider it to be the ideal summer wine. Named after the historical market which once stood on the site of the winery, this wine is captivatingly citric and herbaceous, has a lovely note of peach and is almost thirst-quenching on the palate, so pronounced is its animating effect. A real discovery for those relaxing summer evenings!
|Origin:||Italy / Marche / Castelli di Jesi|
|Label:||Vegan, Certified organic or biodynamic wine|
|Ripening potential:||1 to 6 years|
|Serving temperature:||10 to 12 °C|
|Food pairing suggestion:||Mild Asian dishes, Grilled fish, Sushi, Sashimi, Ceviche, Seafood salad, Vegetable cous-cous, Pizza or Flammkuchen|
|Vinification:||fermentation in wooden barrel, fermentation in steel tank|
|Maturation:||in large wooden barrel/foudre, partly in steel tank|
|Maturation duration:||7 months|
The Pievalta estate is located in the municipality of Maiolati Spontini, in the Marche region, in the heart of the Castelli di Jesi. This area is famous for its small fortified medieval villages as well as for the production of wines made from the Verdicchio grape.
Silvano Brescianini, the manager of the Barone Pizzini winery (Franciacorta region), founded the Pievalta winery in 2002. Already at that time, he saw the great potential of the Verdicchio grape variety. Establishing and operating a vineyard outside its own appellation seemed to him the obvious and logical step to take.
He then turned to the young Milanese oenologist Alessandro Fenino who had previously helped him for a few years on this estate in Lombardy; he was the right man to set up a new winery, immediately setting himself to an in-depth analysis of the Verdicchio grape. Fenino had been cultivating the existing vineyards organically since 2003 - that is, since the beginning - the first certified vintage being that of 2006. As early as 2005, he also adopted biodynamic viticulture and in 2008, he presented the first certified Demeter vintage. Since 2018, all wines carry the certified label "Biodyvin" instead of Demeter.
The white wine star from the Marches
This very old white grape variety was originally native from northern Italy, in Venice. Her new home are the Marches, where she produces great white wines, mainly dry and sparkling. Verdicchio is very widespread in Italy. They are mainly found under one of the many synonyms such as: Angelica, Lugana, Pevarise, Pfefferer, Terbiana, Turviana, Verdone and many more. It is not related to the Spanish grape variety Verdejo or to the Portuguese Verdelho, even if the names sound similar. Its origin dates back to the Etruscan era, when it also played an important role in the conquest of Rome.
Verdicchio is a grape variety with medium to late ripening, also vulnerable to botrytis (noble rot) and therefore suitable for the production of sweet wines. It translates into fresh white wines with an ageing potential. Hence, through its emphasis on acidity, it also suits for the production of sparkling wines. Typical aromas are citrus fruits, peaches, bitter almonds and apples, combined with a mineral and salty touch.
Today, the cultivated area in Italy is about 3,530 hectares. Verdicchio is also grown in small quantities in Argentina, Brazil and California.
Italy – Where wine is a way of life
The Italian wine regions are extremely diverse, and this is made clear in their wines. Established varieties such as Merlot, Syrah, and Sauvignon can be found on just 15 percent of the total vine growing area. The remaining 85 percent is reserved for autochthonous, indigenous varieties. More than 2,000 different grape varieties are grown under diverse conditions and pressed with various techniques into wines that reach the top tier of the international wine market.