2012 La Monacesca Verdicchio di Matelica

SKU #1164429 93 points James Suckling

 Beautiful aromas of peaches and apples that follow through to a full body with layers of dried pineapple and peaches. A velvety texture from the phenolics in this. Long and flavorful. Layered, rich white that shows wonderful fruit.  (12/ 2014)

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***Currently out of Stock, returning early January 2015*** Truly one of Italy's best white wines. Verdicchio is one of Italy's great white grapes, and in this isolated Apennine Valley at 1,200 feet, magic happens. Not harvested until the first week of October, this wine achieves the complete physiological ripeness that allows the flavors to deepen and allows the wine to show this unique terroir's mineral-laden substructure. The wine has impressive body, weight and a remarkable, mouth-coating finish--there are few wines that can boast all of this with 13.5% alcohol. The winemaking is simple: grow really good grapes and get out of the way; ferment and age it in stainless steel, and just let it become something dramatically impressive. We hope you give this winery a try; the wines are really impressive and age remarkably well.

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By: Jeff Garneau |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/6/2014  | Send Email
I have been drinking Italian wines for more than 30 years. I had my first Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi perhaps 10 years ago, and my first Verdicchio di Matelica three years ago. I initially encountered the wines of Agricola La Monacesca late last year. They are regarded by many as the finest producer of Verdicchio di Matelica in the Marche, and after tasting first the 2010 and now the 2011 vintage I am inclined to believe it. The wine has all of the intense minerality I have come to associate with the appellation, but displays better than average ripeness of fruit with more concentration and depth than I have encountered in other wines from the region. Really superb, and available for under $20.
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By: Sarah Covey |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/1/2014  | Send Email
This wine is fascinating on so many levels- it feels like it has density and sweetness from wood and residual sugar, but nothing could be further from the truth. Pure, perfect physiological ripeness because of long hangtime, combined with high altitude cool temperatures, ample sunlight, marine soil- and zero oak use- 100% stainless steel. Even better? Sub-14% alcohol! Gorgeous citrus, floral, apricot, saline and mineral with medium plus acidity and rich body- a long, lasting finish create a plush, round, layered wine worthy of your best celebrations! And yes- it comes in magnum format too!

By: Mike Parres |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/24/2014  | Send Email
This 2012 Verdicchio di Matelica, is a very good example for the vintage. Offers crisp and refreshing citric fruit flavors and aromas with the characteristic touch of green herbs, is a wonderful value, a well rounded wine, beautifully structured, soft on the palate but with a slight suggestion of almond (typical for Verdicchio), a great autumn sipping wine and is very food-friendly.

By: Ryan Woodhouse |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/23/2014  | Send Email
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Amazing wine. Hard to fathom this combination of soft, rich, ripe texture, stunning purity, defined structure and piercing minerality all rolled into one. This wine is so unique and multidimensional. Very versatile and crowd-friendly and yet interesting enough for the "wine geek" inside all of us! Nice work Greg!
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By: Illya Haase |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/22/2014  | Send Email
This is one of my top five white wines! Late harvest, low yields and a mineral-laden soil produces such a amazing wine. I know it is great when I can sit for a half an hour with one glass. Wonderful with food or on its own. No oak involved and none needed. Did I mention superb natural acidity? Give it a good decanting and watch the magic unfold. Intense, dry and fruity! What more could you want from a bottle under $20?

By: Steve Bearden |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/21/2014  | Send Email
Matelica is a north-south running valley with warm days and cool nights, resulting in some of the best Verdicchio in all of Italy. This richly textured wine has sweet pit fruit, stony minerality and a super intense finish. Don't miss this unique and delicious bargain.

By: Greg St. Clair |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/31/2014  | Send Email
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The 2012 La Monacesca Verdicchio di Matelica* is harvested the first 10 days of October, fermented and aged in stainless and released after a year. The wine is so powerful and intense that bottle aging, or decanting, is needed to get to this powerful wine’s mineral core. The nose is full pear-like fruit spiced with anise, citrus and a bit of brioche-like toastiness, although the wine sees no wood.
Drink from 2014 to 2018

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Varietal:

Other White Wines

Country:

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.
Sub-Region:

Marche

Alcohol Content (%): 13.5