'Origini' Verdicchio Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore DOC, 2019
Varietal: 100% Verdicchio / Apiro, Macerata
Now it is time to complete your master course on Verdicchio by trying the flagship wine from Fattoria Nann. Origini, in only its third vintage has become one of the reference points for Verdicchio in the Marche. In fact, the Italian Wine Guide, Gambero Rosso, has given the 2018 Origini its prestigious Tre Bicchieri award, one of just 13 Verdicchio from the Marche to receive the award. Roberto Cantori is a young, first generation winemaker, from the Apiro sub-zone of Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC. In total he farms just over 6 hectares and makes around 25,000 bottles. When he began his journey to start his own cellar, he had been told of a vineyard farmed by a man whom all the locals thought was crazy. The man was farming his vineyards organically since the 1960's, had planted his vines both north and east facing, basically doing everything outside of the conventional wisdom. Roberto, wanting to farm organically and produce an elegant style of Verdicchio, sought out these vineyards. The vines of the local crazy farmer are the back bone of Origini. Over 50 year-old vines, planted in calcareous soil, at an elevation of 450 meters, are the backbone of this wine. The grapes are hand harvested, and put into a refrigerated room to bring the temperature of the grapes down. Roberto uses a very gentle pneumatic press to extract the juice, and fermentation is started in stainless steel with a pied de cuve of natural yeast. The 2018 is an incredible wine. Fresh notes of lemon and stone fruit can be found on the nose and palate. The wine has brilliant texture, similar to a Premier Cru Chablis. The combination of fruit, mineral, herbs, acidity and texture display a complexity rarely found in Verdicchio. We want you to try a bottle of this now, preferably with some simply prepared shellfish, but come back for more. This is a wine you can drink now for its freshness, but it will age for a decade, gaining in complexity.
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