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Verdicchio Castelli Di Jesi Classico Superiore, 2015. Fulvia Tombolini

Verdicchio Castelli Di Jesi Classico Superiore, 2015. Fulvia Tombolini

Item #: L1019W3II
Vintage: 2015
Varietal: Verdicchio
Vineyard/Appellation: Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi D.O.C., Classico Superiore, Italy
Color: Medium Gold
Nose: Minerals, Kiwi
Palate: Gripping White Peach
Finish: Very Long
Rating: 95
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2021/Seafood, Shellfish/13.5% Alcohol by Volume

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The Tombolini family founded their winery in 1921, located in the Marche region of Italy along the Adriatic Coast. The area is dominated by one grape: Verdicchio. The reason is simple. It is probably the greatest white wine made in Italy - and many would argue one of the greatest in the world.

As with almost all of the best wines in Europe, there is a pecking order in which to classify them. In the case of Verdicchio, as with many others, the term Classico refers to the center of the region, meaning it is the best of the best. Superiore refers to the 1% higher alcohol content, signifying greater body in the wine. And finally, Castelli di Jesi - the specific region in which our selection was grown - means "the castle of Jesus." You probably can't get any higher than that.

Verdicchio is often compared to Chablis, which is not as far-fetched a comparison as it may seem. Both are grown on chalky, minerally soil in cool climates, which produces higher than average acids in the grapes. Both wines have a center core of gusto that belies the acids and lets the shy, but piquant flavors emanate from the grapes.

If there were a Grand Cru status in the Marche, this wine would be it. You are immediately taken away by the tremendous grip it has on the palate. You can almost feel the chalk. But, just before it seems to explode, the light, lilting flavors of white peach and kiwi begin to dance on the tongue and continue the performance. The citrus and grapefruit rise in a symphony of flavor until the grand and luxurious finish.

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