2013 La Monacesca Verdicchio di Matelica

SKU #1206173 92 points James Suckling

 Aromas of pears, green apples and dried mangoes with hints of minerals and stones as well as salty undertones. Full body, plenty of fruit and great acid tension. Long and flavorful. Unique white that has a history for aging well. Drink or hold.  (5/2015)

91 points Vinous

 Medium-deep gold-tinged yellow. Enticing aromas of apricot, savory herbs and minerals. Rich, ripe stone fruit and balsamic herb flavors are nicely buoyed by lively acidity. The long finish features resonating mineral lift. This outstanding, archetypal Verdicchio wine speaks clearly of the cooler Matelica terroir. (ID)  (7/2015)


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By: Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/30/2015 | Send Email
La Monacesca quickly became a favorite DI property here at K&L. The 2013 Verdicchio is crisp, bright, floral and nutty, with a great mineral backbone and plenty of depth. Truly delicious stuff and the perfect introduction to the property. If you like this style, don't miss the absolutely incredible 2010 La Monacesca "Mirum" offering!

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/8/2015 | Send Email
Ripe exotic notes of passion fruit, guava, jasmine lead the way. The palate is similarly ripe and juicy with lots of exotic fruit flavors...then the natural acidity kicks in tightening everything up and making it sail on through the finish. An interesting interplay between ripeness and exotic flavor with good tension and zippy acidity.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/1/2015 | Send Email
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The vineyard for the Classic bottling is made from a vineyard that is 50% 30 year old vines and 50% 10 year old vines. The nose is full of elderflower, pear and stone fruit aromatics, but the really impressive part of this wine is the palate presence, body, texture, and depth add to the mineral laden center of the wine. The finish is decisive, focused and seems to go on forever.
Drink from 2015 to 2021

By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/29/2015 | Send Email
This is from limestone rich soil at 1500 ft. elevation, which results in some of the best Verdicchio in the world. Honey, spiced apricot, mango and a glycerin texture are energized by mineral/acid tension and a lingering finish of exotic fruit. This manages to both rich and refreshing.

By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/26/2015 | Send Email
One of my new favorite direct import producers. Every wine I have had from them is terrific. This year's offering is very aromatic, medium bodied, has delicate but pronounced minerality and a nice lingering finish. A delicious, versatile dinner wine.

By: Illya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/14/2015 | Send Email
La Monacesca did it again! 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? Well if you ask me, grilled Santa Barbara spot prawns are a match made in Heaven!

By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/7/2015 | Send Email
This 2013 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 end of summer sipping wine and is very food-friendly.

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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.
Sub-Region:

Marche

Alcohol Content (%): 13.5