Montecappone was founded in the late 1960s, and is one of the new progressive wineries in the Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi region. Verdicchio is one of those confusing terms that is both a region and a grape. Verdicchio, the wine, has been called the "Chablis of Italy" because of its naturally high acidity and almost chalky mid-palate, indicative of the soil in which it is grown.
Before producers like Montecappone came along, the Verdicchio region was controlled by co-operatives that made wines that tasted very similar to each other. But, enterprising owners started to purchase land and plant grapes in this zone to make estate Verdicchio, the wine, which was an instant sensation.
The Bromprezzi-Mirizzi Family purchased the land in 1997 and promptly elevated it to new heights. They reworked the vineyards and built one of the most advanced, state-of-the-art wineries in the area. Their goal has been to bring out the greatest expression of their special terroir.
The finished wine is kept in stainless steel tanks for nine months on the tiny bits of crushed stem and seeds. This procedure, called "lees contact," adds a bit of tannin to the wine, giving it length and breadth in the mouth.
The result is a fascinating wine of flavor and structure seldom tasted in a white. Its soil-driven mid-palate blends beautifully with apple and pear flavors, and is balanced with hints of lime and grapefruit. This amalgam of lovely fruit and spice, combined with the texture, is truly a thing of beauty.