2013 La Monacesca "Mirum" Verdicchio di Matelica Riserva
Wine & Spirits
Fruit for Mirum hangs on 30-year-old vines into the latter half of October, imparting a golden color and densely concentrated flavors of yellow apple, Asian pear and dried thyme. Notes of blanched almonds and spearmint emerge with air, the rich flavors and creamy texture balanced by notes of lemon zest and prickly sea-salt that vibrate on the palate. Match its intensity of flavor to linguini with clams in a rich garlic broth.
With a little time in the glass, this eventually reveals subtle aromas of toasted almond, pressed yellow flower, beeswax and a whiff of honey. The honeyed note follows over to the enveloping palate, along with candied citrus peel, marzipan and mineral. Fresh acidity brightens the rich flavors and provides balance. It's already enjoyable but hold for more complexity. Drink through 2023. (KO)
Praise from Antonio Galloni's Vinous: "La Monacesca, one of the best producers of Verdicchio wines, takes its name from the Benedictine monks who arrived in the area of Matelica in the 10th century, building a monastery (monaco, or monk in English, hence La Monacesca). The estate was founded in 1966, and the passionate Aldo Cifola now runs the estate’s roughly 30 hectares. Through the years, La Monacesca has produced some of Italy’s greatest white wines, especially the Riserva Mirum, which boasts texture and precision not unlike that of a grand cru white Burgundy. The estate also produces a red wine (Camerte) and even a Chardonnay (only in the best years), and although both are above average compared to similar wines made elsewhere in the Marche, Verdicchio is the name of the game here. La Monacesca’s was probably the best line-up of wines I tasted from the Marche this year." (6/2015)