CLASSIFICATION : Verdicchio di Matelica Riserva D.O.C.G.
GRAPE VARIETIES : Verdicchio 100%
GROWING AREA : Contrada Monacesca, the comune of Matelica
VINEYARD AREA : Ca. 3 hectares
VINEYARD ASPECT : North-south
SOILS PROFILE : Predominantly clayey
TRAINING SYSTEM : Vertically-trained arched or double-arched cane
VINEYARD AGE : Ca. 30 years
VINEYARD DENSITY : Ca. 1,800 vines/hectare
VINEYARD YIELD : Ca. 2 kg./vine
VINEYARD ALTITUDE : Ca. circa 400 metres
HARVEST PERIOD : Third-fourth week in October
VINIFICATION PROCESS : Hand picking of the grapes, which had been left on the vine an extra two weeks until slightly over-ripe; they were immediately lightly pressed, with no use of SO2, followed by 20-day fermentation at 20°C in stainless steel. The wine rested on the fine less until spring and underwent natural malolactic fermentation in early summer.
MATURATION : Eighteen months in steel and six in glass, then officially released December 1, two years from harvest, in accord with regulations.
SENSORY PROFILE : A wine of great distinction, produced only in the finest years; the slightly over-ripe verdicchio grapes are its remarkable resource. Combined with a lengthy maturation, these grapes yield a remarkably aromatic nose, which releases intense scents of toasted almonds, citrus, honey, and crusted bread; with cellaring, the bouquet will develop still greater complexity. On the palate, it immediately expands to astounding richness and suppleness, balanced, rich, and seemingly endless. It is ideal with non-aged cheeses, cured-meat antipasti, and sauced poultry and veal.
SERVING TEMPERATURE : Ca. 12°C
PRODUCTION QUANTITY : Ca. 20.000 750 ml bottles and 500 1.5 lt. magnums
CELLARING POTENTIAL : 10 years or more
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