In the elevations of the Marche hills, Leopardo Felici takes the course of greatest resistance to ensure that his viticultural and winemaking perfectionism is fully exercised. Outstanding terroir too plays a part in allowing the beloved (and wildly undervalued) local grape Verdicchio to express its opulent fruit, aromatic charm, textural layering and mineral overtones in every vintage of their two estate wines. Exceeding normal practices and rules on every front, Felici not only manages to make ‘vino biologico’ with utter cleanliness and clarity of flavour, but more generally bring to vineyard and winery that incomparable quality of only the very most gifted producers: overwhelming, genuine and palpable love of their work.
What The Critics Say
JancisRobinson.com, Tamlyn Currin (article on 2016 vintage)
"Throw the raciness of Riesling, the breadth of Chenin, and the seriousness of Chablis across a blank canvas and swirl – you'll get Verdicchio: salty, powerful, intense, wire-cutter acidity, bitter almonds, cool citrus, and above all, the capacity to age into something quite extraordinary. . . At first glance it barely caught my attention; pale, faint pear, faint almonds. In the mouth, to begin with, it was pure tension. The liquid version of a wire sculpture, glittering with acidity. But very quickly it began to build in the mouth, layering nuttiness with sweet lemon over zest and then sunflower seeds. Tension turned to intensity that lingered long after the wine had gone. -- This wine, so delicious and intentional now, will get more complex and interesting with age. At each stage of its development it will be a brilliant food wine. While it's young, think fresh spring green: peas and pea shoots, asparagus, dishes made with lots of fresh herbs, green pesto, lemon zest, ricotta and delicate seafood. As it ages it will be able to take richer dishes: pork belly with braised fennel, lobster, scallops in creamy dill sauce, a hard mountain cheese. Or you could sip it quite happily by itself, especially this young, because it's so zesty. All this for less than £15. Ridiculously good value."
91/100 Vinous, Ian D'Agata (latest note from 2014 vintage)
"Medium straw-yellow. White flowers and almond dominate the nose. Enters the mouth juicy and fresh, then turns bigger and rounder, showing a suave, glyceral mouthfeel to the ripe apple and pear flavors. Laser-like acidity keep this wine light and lively on the palate. The finish is long and extremely saline."
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