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VERDICCHIO 13 COLLE STEFANO
COLLE STEFANO 2013 VERDICCHIO DI MATELICA
Item: #302261
Bottle Size:750ml
$15.95
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"Italy's single greatest white wine buy" comes through again!

Last year, Ian D'Agata, of Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar gave the 2012 Colle Stefano Verdicchio Read More...
di Metalica an outstanding score of 94 Points and stated "I think it is probably Italy's single greatest white wine buy."

Well, the 2013 vintage just landed in our hands. It has not yet been scored, but having tasted last years and tasting this years, we were extremely pleased and delighted. This is a sizzling white hot summer sipper not to be missed!

The Verdicchio from Colle Stefano Verdicchio, has been a mainstay in our cellar for years. This organic white comes from the little town of Matelica is in the Marche region, just east of Umbria. Winemaker Fabio Marchionni took over the family vineyards from his father a few years ago, having just graduated from the new enology school in Ancona and done his apprenticeship in Germany. He keeps yields extremely low, less than forty hectoliters per hectare, and makes wine with painstaking care. You could eat off the floor of the winery (and hygiene is very important when making this kind of white wine).

Using 100% estate fruit, Fabio makes less than four thousand cases of Verdicchio, which he used to bottle, cork and label by hand in his tiny cantina (now he's sprung for a bottling machine). This wine is racy, vivid, and excellent with all kinds of seafood dishes. It is fermented and matured entirely in stainless steel (no oak) and does not undergo malolactic fermentation. His wines consistently win at least two glasses from the Gambero Rosso (since the 2001 vintage) and has twice won a perfect award of three glasses.

This wine is dry and light-bodied with crisp acidity and good structure. This wine is charming on the nose with a bouquet of nectarines, chamomile and lemon blossoms, and equally pleasing on the palate with flavors of white peach, kiwi fruit, and kaffir lime. This wine is vibrant and quenching at every sip with pleasing minerality. The finish is long and enhanced by its lively acidity. This is a wine that would pair well with grilled halibut, salads, or shrimp on the barbie. Delicious!
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