The Wine of the Week
by Annette Tomei
2010 Vallerosa Bonci San Michele Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore DOC, Marche, Italy
The yellow-green Verdicchio grape has been grown in the Marche region of Italy for over 7 centuries – no surprise that the wines from this area are the benchmark for all others. Those grapes grown in the region near Jesi are the oldest of all and have reached a status level deserving of their own DOC designation (Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC).
This vintage, the 2010 Bonci San Michele Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore, was the recipient of one of Italy’s most coveted honors in the world of wine – it is one of only 17 wines produced in the Marche to receive ‘Tre Bicchieri’ (three glasses) from the Gambero Rosso, the most respected publication about Italian wine and food.
Though Verdicchio is not known to be exceptionally aromatic grape, this lovely wine is lush with fragrant green almond and lemon zest, even ripe apples – Like an aromatic flashback to the Italian countryside. It is medium bodied with a hint of toasted almonds and refreshing minerality; it has great balance between mouth-watering and silky texture. Classic regional pairings may include seafood, rabbit, quail or other game fowl, or regional pasta dishes such as caccio a pepe, or carbonara.