2015 La Monacesca Verdicchio di Matelica

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What makes this DOC of Matelica so special is its geographical position and geological character. This is an inland north-south valley, the only one in the Apennines that blocks the flow of warm coastal air, giving the region more of a continental climate. La Monacesca’s vineyards sit at about 1,800 feet above sea level in what was an ancient salt lake. The marine soil is full of fossils and rich in minerals that add to the wines’ vibrancy and aging ability. The nights are cool and the days are warm all summer long, allowing the grapes to remain on the vines for a duration that by California standards would seem extraordinarily long. La Monacesca doesn’t start the Verdicchio harvest until the first week of October—there isn’t a worry about harvesting before the sugar gets too high, it’s about getting the grape physiologically ripe. The Mirum Riserva harvest doesn’t start until the third week of October when the juice picks up density and allows the flavors to fully express themselves in the wine. (Greg St. Clair, K&L Italian wine buyer)

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Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/16/2017 | Send Email
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.

Staff Image By: Rachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/26/2017 | Send Email
The color of this wine always stops me in my tracks. The concentrated gold color comes from the extra time on the vines, not oak. It starts with rich aromatics of fresh citrus and spice that leads into a full bodied, elongated and balanced wine. It has the elegance of an oaked wine with fresh, mineral driven fineness.

Staff Image By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/20/2017 | Send Email
2015 was an exceptionally good vintage for white wine in Italy and we're reminded of this every time we taste this outstanding Verdicchio from our friends at La Monacesca. This richly endowed white combines scents of saline, dried honey, citrus and mineral with a creamy texture and mouthwatering acidity. Ideal with fish, poultry, lighter pastas and risotto.

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Alcohol Content (%): 13.5