2022 Felici Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi

92 Points John Caro
In stock
Perhaps the best Verdicchio of its class, and pure aperitif pleasure. Like many great styles it balances opposites: weighty with gently opulent tree fruit, from a different side it is perfectly clean and fresh, with florals and fine acidity and a chalky mineral streak from elevations in the Marche hills. One of our best whites for the price, this always sells out. Europhiles take heed.
$32.99 in mixed 6+ or $36.99 per bottle



Its Origins

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. They only make two wines, both amongst the finest in the region, marked by incredible purity of fruit and pronounced minerality. 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. These are high-quality wines that are immediately pleasurable and approachable, but which are also characterized by longevity and the purity of the Verdicchio grape in this unique landscape.

What The Critics Say

92/100 Decanter, Andy Howard MW (2019 vintage)

"Leopoldo Felici has been in charge at this small Marche estate since 2008. Altitude helps Felici marry the richer structure of Jesi with the aromatics of Matelica. There is lovely purity of fruit here, and since good Verdicchio has great capacity to age, there is no hurry to drink this. The slight bitterness, along with citrus and almond hints, make it a fine match for fish and chicken dishes."

91/100 Vinous, Eric Guido (2021 vintage)

"The 2021 Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore balances with purity, as masses of crushed yellow apple, raw almond and hints of musky dried peach waft up from the glass. This washes across the palate with soft textures and a pleasant inner sweetness balanced by depths of mineral-tinged orchard fruits. It leaves a citrusy concentration upon the senses, a mix of lemon and lime, while slowly tapering off with a salty flourish."

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."

Variety Verdicchio
Region Le Marche
Closure Cap
Volume 750ml
Maturity 2023 - 2027

This Wine Goes Well With

with FISH



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