2018 Bisci Verdicchio di Matelica Vigneto Fogliano DOC, Marches, Italy

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Brothers Giuseppe and Pierino Bisci first purchased their vineyards in 1972. The land was widely regarded as optimal for planting Verdicchio and 85% of the roughly 50 acres of vineyards are devoted to Verdicchio. The south-facing vineyards are at elevations of about 900-1000 feet above sea level, located within a valley that runs parallel to the sea, providing excellent protection from hail and frost, and also creates a more continental microclimate than the surrounding environment. The grapes are able to ripen fully during the hot summers while maintaining refreshing acidity with cool nights. The vineyards are all certified organic.

The Bisci Verdicchio is fermented in inert cement vats at a cool temperature to protect the aromatic compounds. The wine is then matured for 8 months in cement, which allows for slow micro-oxygenation, while not imparting additional flavor characteristics to the wine. Exposure to small amounts of oxygen over time helps protect the wine from oxidizing in the bottle and increases the complexity of aromas and the wine’s structure. Intense notes of Meyer lemon, white flowers, and green apples on the nose continue on to the palate. Bright acidity and the wine’s minerality make this a great companion to light foods.

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