2010 La Monacesca "Mirum" Verdicchio di Matelica Riserva

SKU #1164395 95 points James Suckling

 Incredible richness of dried papaya and mango with lemon undertones. Peach stone too. Fabulous character of dried fruits and citrus as well as sea salt and oyster shell. Amazing finish.  (11/2014)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Green-tinged gold. Musky, lees-accented aromas of yellow apple, melon and cinnamon, with a suggestion of buttered toast. Supple and expansive, offering fresh lime and richer baked apple and guava flavors. Finishes with very good energy and focus, along with a note of vanillin oak. This is an impressively rich white wine, but terroir lovers may find that it fails to evoke Matelica's high-altitude, mineral personality. 90+ (ID)  (3/2013)

Jancis Robinson

 Real zip and density with a most agreeable blend of richness and structure. Still very young. But should have a long life.  (9/2013)

K&L Notes

Sometimes those critics aren't correct and miss the picture entirely. Tanzer's Italian reviewer Ian D'Agata writes "along with a note of vanillin oak" — well that must have been left in his glass from the previous wine because these wines don't see any oak at all. He loves the Collestefano Verdicchio di Matelica (as do I) but his claim about the region's character ("terroir lovers may find that it fails to evoke Matelica's high-altitude, mineral personality") I find incorrect as well. Collestefano is like that but every other Matelica Verdicchio I have had shows more richness than a prickly acidity. (Greg St.Clair K&L's Italian Buyer)

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Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/8/2015 | Send Email
Similarly to the regular Monacesca bottling this wine is all about balancing exotic ripeness and phenolics with fresh acidity. I swear blind I might think this was a Spatlese Trocken. It has the richness, concentration and intensity of Spatlese Riesling but is pretty much entirely dry with lovely mouthwatering acidity.

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/2/2014 | Send Email
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A minute after I had ordered this wine, I knew I’d screwed up. I should have taken all they had, so I wrote back and ordered the rest. The wine is incredible and so worth the price jump from the 2011.
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