2012 ColleStefano Verdicchio di Matelica

SKU #1125724 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pale straw-green. Knockout aromas of quince, pear, white peach and white flowers are complicated by lemony minerality on the vibrant, captivating nose. Rich and broad on entry, then explosive in the middle palate, saturating the mouth with bright, lively floral and fresh citrus flavors that are intensified by penetrating acidity. Finishes extremely long and creamy-rich, expanding to coat the palate and teeth with lingering white peach and floral flavors. The bright acidity conveys an almost weightless mouthfeel to this seamless, rich, extremely concentrated wine. You can tell that owner Fabio Marchionni studied white wine in Germany. This is but one of many outstanding vintages for this wine. Let me be clear: I think it is probably Italy's single greatest white wine buy.  (3/ 2013)

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ColleStefano is situated in a hilly belt in the hinterland of the Marches, 420 m above sea-level. This narrow land is watered by the Esino river and bound on the east and west by the mountain range of the Appennini Umbro-Marchigiani. Not affected by the mitigating influence of the Adriatic Sea, the region is characterized by a cool, dry microclimate with a dramatic day/night temperature range. This is ideal for the growing of Verdicchio di Matelica, which has been cultivated in this district since ancient times and characteristically ripens late in the season. ColleStefano's vineyards are vineyards are organically farmed. Lack of malolactic fermentation keeps this wine fresh and bright, with fine acid and structure. A pale yellow wine with greenish tones and a delicate scent of country herbs and apple, its taste has a fresh trace of tartness which makes this wine particularly fragrant and food-friendly.

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By: Chris Miller |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/30/2013  | Send Email
The Collestefano VdM is killin it once again in 2012. I've been a fan of this wine since the late '90's, and I've never had a dissappointing vintage. Interestingly enough, it feels both a bit richer but also feels like it might have a little bit higher acidity than in the previous couple of offerings. Star bright and brilliant, with round melon and citrus fruits mingling with wet river rocks and an almost salty quality that reminds me more than anything of the funky/animal quality one finds in Mosel Riesling. Rich in the mouth with great persistence, the wine finishes with a nice, minerally snap and lots of that river rock on the long aftertaste. First time in a screw cap closure, but just like the cork, toss the cap in the fire once you open this wine as there is no way once it's open you won't finish it.

By: Ralph Sands |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/27/2013  | Send Email
This is not your very light simple style Verdiccio. This is strong flavored with fine minerality and drive while still retaining its elegance. Fantastic Verdiccio!

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Other White Wines

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Italy

- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.
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