July 2016 Selection

Verdicchio, a great Italian white

July 2016 Selection

San Lorenzo Verdicchio Sup. Campo delle Oche 2012 (2 bottles)
Borgo Paglianetto Verdicchio Matelica Vertis 2013 (2 bottles)
Umani Ronchi Casaldiserra Vecchie Vigne 2013 (2 bottles)

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There's a very strong connection between the Italian region of Le Marche and the Verdicchio, a variety which owes its name to the greenish hue of its berries and finds these hills the ideal place to flourish. The Le Marche region is largely comprised of well-ventilated hills which provide the right conditions for the grapevines to grow and give rise to top quality wines, especially these Verdicchios, that have integrated into the Castelli di Jesi and Matelica denominations.

The Verdicchio is Italy's most versatile and highly regarded indigenous white variety; it offers first-rate results in the production of sparkling and sweet wines, when harvested late, but its greatest distinction is achieved in the plentiful wines which succeed in combining minerality, muscle and long life.

With this month's selection we're inviting you to discover Le Marche's most noble variety via two of its denominations. The Castelli di Jesi region includes several municipalities that lie on the hills through which the River Esino runs, and it's here that the Verdicchio encounters some unique climatic conditions for growth. The Matelica region enables the Verdicchio to produce its most characteristic expression, with complex aromas and the typical bitter almond note, with excellent smoothness and minerality, good balance and long persistence on the nose and palate: here, the vineyards at a higher altitude, lying between the mountainous Apennine landscape of Umbria and Le Marche, impart an appreciable subtlety and finesse to the wines.

Get ready to succumb to the charms of the Verdicchios we have chosen for you. Elegant, mineral and robust, ideal for enjoying in good company and perfect to serve when pairing up with special seafood dishes, now in summer, and white meats and mushrooms in colder weather.

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San Lorenzo Verdicchio Sup. Campo delle Oche 2012 (2 bottles)

White. Fattoria San Lorenzo Castelli di Jesi Verdicchio, Italy Verdicchio

Bottle: £14.18 club members / £16.11 non-members


Campo delle Oche comes from a Verdicchio vineyard planted in 1955 on the Montecarotto's clay and sandy soils. Viticulture runs in the family for Natalino Crognaletti, who runs Fattoria San Lorenzo like his father and grandfather had done before him. It's from them that he gets his love of the Verdicchio and the art of turning it into wine to draw out of this variety all of its expression and characteristics. With the professional advice of the oenologist Hartmann Donà (a well-known producer of wines in Alto Adige), Natalino makes pure, authentic Verdicchios. Intervention in the vineyard is reduced to the minimum and only involves treatments using copper, sulphur or organic preparations when strictly necessary.

Campo delle Oche appears a bright gold colour and has an excellent, almost oily, consistency which makes one think of barrel ageing even though it hasn't had it. The Campo delle Oche production process takes place solely in steel containers and concrete tanks where it undergoes maturing on its lees for more than three years. On the nose it's mightily impressive and immediately reveals its considerable alcohol content, softened and mitigated by its powerful flavour and freshness, and very well integrated into the wine's structure. Direct, dry, extremely mineral, saline and with notes of dried fruits and nuts and honey. A robust, restrained wine that's the perfect companion to substantial meals.

  • Alcohol content: 14,5%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 6ºC and 8ºC

San Lorenzo Verdicchio Sup. Campo delle Oche 2012
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Borgo Paglianetto Verdicchio Matelica Vertis 2013 (2 bottles)

White. Borgo Paglianetto Verdicchio di Matelica, Italy Verdicchio

Bottle: £10.96 club members / £12.44 non-members


The Borgo Paglianetto estate encompasses 25 has of land which lie upon the Matelica hills, a place where vine growing has played an important role for thousands of years. Thanks to soils rich in limestone, a microclimate characterised by extreme changes in temperature and organic farming, the winery obtains grapes of great aromatic expression and excellent quality; and they give rise to wines which combine a firm structure and great finesse.

The organic attention shown by Borgio Paglianetto is also present in all the winery's production processes with the aim of providing a quality wine, able to express all the distinctive traits of this terroir. Vertis is a fine example of this work, a Verdicchio di Matelica of excellent making and an ideal wine for getting to know and appreciating this denomination's characteristics.

It's especially appealing on the nose due to its refinement and delicacy, offering a perfectly structured, complex bouquet: white peach, mandarin, delicate white flowers, refreshing aromatic herbs and intense mineral notes. On the palate its smoothness and alcohol content are counterbalanced to perfection by freshness and the flavour that persists in a lengthy finish.

  • Alcohol content: 13,5%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 6ºC and 8ºC

Borgo Paglianetto Vertis 2013
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Umani Ronchi Casaldiserra Vecchie Vigne 2013 (2 bottles)

White. Umani Ronchi Castelli di Jesi Verdicchio, Italy Verdicchio

Bottle: £11.77 club members / £13.38 non-members


Casaldiserra Vecchie Vigne is the essence of an old 10-hectare vineyard which is located in Montecarotto, in the heart of the Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi denomination. The land with its clay soil, the east-westerly sun exposure enjoyed by the vineyards and the balanced production of grapes by the vines enable the harvesting of fine quality fruit which will give rise to a white perfect for ageing. The harvest takes place in the middle of October, manually and at a point of ripeness when some of the grapes can even show signs of the beneficial botrytis infection known as noble rot. Once inside the actual winery, the wine is made solely from the free-run must which ferments in stainless steel tanks and rounds off in contact with its lees for almost a year in concrete containers. The ensuing wine thus retains all its freshness and typicity.

Casaldiserra Vecchie Vigne appears transparent, a golden-yellow colour and with good consistency. On the nose its expressive bouquet opens up with floral and mineral notes featuring white and yellow flowers, aromatic herbs (oregano and sage), sweet fruit (loquat, pineapple, yellow plum), fresh almonds and honey on a salty background. The fine consistency and verticality of these aromas are the prelude to a drink that's perfectly balanced in its concentration and smoothness, and enlivened by a delightful flavour and freshness. Casaldiserra Vecchie Vigne comes over as intense and elegant on the palate, smooth and refreshing in its caress. Having a long finish, it signs off with varietal hints of almond which fade away on a persistent marine note. A warm wine, balanced, full and with plenty of body, that's an ideal accompaniment to white meats and mushrooms.

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  • Alcohol content: 14,5%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 6ºC and 8ºC

Umani Ronchi Casaldiserra Vecchie Vigne 2013
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