2015 La Monacesca "Mirum" Verdicchio di Matelica Riserva

SKU #1344993 93 points Wine Enthusiast

 Delicious and loaded with personality, this structured, medium-bodied white opens with bread crust, yellow stone fruit, citrus zest, honey and toasted almond aromas that follow through to the juicy, elegant palate. Fresh acidity brightens the rich flavors. Drink through 2023. (KO)  (7/2018)

91 points James Suckling

 Attractive and subtle pastry-like complexity here. This has an extra dimension, showing better concentration than most in this space. An attractive cool and fresh palate. Drink now.  (6/2018)

Jancis Robinson

 Pale lemon-green. Tight, chalky-dusty tones over dried herb and lemon rind. Very young and youthful, and much more in keeping with my experience of Matelica in general, and this estate in particular. Chalky, chewy texture with plenty of extract. Tight, mineral core that needs time to unfurl. Citrus-peel intensity. Long. (TJ) 17+/20 points  (2/2019)

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By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/11/2018 | Send Email
With its combination of late picked fruit and high acidity, Aldo Cifola's "Mirum" is a rare delight. While most of his contemporaries in the Matelica zone produce crisper versions of Verdicchio, Cifola gives his grapes extended hang time prior to harvesting and the result is a richer, weightier and more complex white that pairs well with a wide variety of foods. We drank this wine with heavier pasta dishes and white meats and were pleasantly surprised. Verdicchio at its best.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/5/2018 | Send Email
The 2015 La Monacesca “Mirum” shows lots of ripe pear in the nose but it is on the palate that it differentiates itself from the Verdicchio. Waves of lush richness flow across your palate but seem more like coiled energy—they aren’t fat, they’re vibrant. Skewered by an energetic acidic core, the wine shows incredible depth and vigor. The finish is long; it seems as if minerals are being deposited on your tongue for minutes. Outstanding!

By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/1/2018 | Send Email
La Monacesca's "Mirum" bottling has long been one of my favorite white wines of our Italian portfolio. I like a wine that challenges me, and brings something new to the table. This is verdicchio, meaning that its lean and stony with crisp acidity, yet the riserva "Mirum" bottling is also harvested a little later than their other wine, and hence has a full bodied, unctuous weight on the palate. It's an intriguing combination, and one that keeps me coming back for another bottle.

By: Rachel Alcarraz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/22/2018 | Send Email
With three extra weeks on the vine than the Monacesca, the Mirum has more finness with a soft and elegant nose. White flowers and tropical fruits pop on the nose and compliment the palate's full bodied texture and high acidity. It is still fresh and lively like it's sister wine with just a bit more nuance and minerality on the finish. An absolutely delicious wine that can bridge the gap between chardonnay and sauvignon blanc drinkers.

By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/17/2018 | Send Email
This refreshing white from Italy's Marches region (on the calf section of the Italian boot) is made entirely from Verdicchio, with its layered bouquet of vanilla, butterscotch and almonds, and vibrant citrus and Golden Delicious apple flavors on the palate, this wine pairs perfectly with seasonal vegetables, poultry and seafood.

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Alcohol Content (%): 13.5