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“Pencopolitano comes from PENCO, an old spanish enclave where the City of Concepción was established for more than 250 years. It was totally destroyed by the big Tsunami of 1758. PENCOPOLITANO means citizen of Concepcion, my city, Capital of the Itata Valley and terroir for all of my wines.” –Pedro Parra
Occasionally you open a wine and a few minutes after you pour the first glass it suddenly dawns on you just how extraordinary it is, and you wonder why you didn’t buy a magnum of it. I’m of the belief that context is a momentous factor in discerning whether a beverage is merely “good” as opposed to “pleasurable” or even “life-affecting,” but those are emotional statements rather than qualitative. It takes a wine that combines both approaches for me to think of it as monumental in the grand scheme of things. And the 2015 La Monacesca Verdicchio di Matelica is one of those wines. And it’s only $20.
A burst of transcendental illumination hit me a few weeks ago after we’d stopped for drive-thru fried chicken on the way home from a really long day at work. It was one of those “jeez, it’s only May, can it already be this hot?” Dallas evenings, so we set ourselves up in the backyard (it was at the trailing edge of pre-mosquito season) and pulled a bottle of Monacesca Verdicchio from the fridge.
Now, Verdicchio is an underappreciated grape from central Italy’s Marche region that thrives in two communes: Verdicchio dei Castello di Jesi, and Verdicchio di Matelica, (that’s as in Matelica, the village, not Metalica, the band)(it’s always useful keeping the vowels straight.) The wine is crisp and fresh, yet has a pleasingly luxurious weight to it. No lack of complexity here on the palate, with an almondy-orange tinge to it, all above a minerality that’ll make it work with pretty much anything non-red meat you’d want to serve it with. Fried chicken, yes, scallops, or just bring a cold bottle along with you to Khao Noodle (Fitzhugh and Bryan) and see how well it works with the inspiring Laotian cuisine (and no corkage fee!) For me, this all pushes this wine over from “pretty good juice) over the velvet roped “extraordinary wine” territory. And for $20? A no brainer supreme!
Rich, plush, and brimming with a tropical exuberance, this wine leads with a nose of passionfruit, honeydew melon, and hibiscus blossom, while flavors of white nectarine and guava round out the deliciously ripe palate.
Pair with a chunk of Humboldt Fog blue cheese, fresh ceviche, or a Caesar salad with homemade croutons, Pecorino Romano, and fresh cracked black pepper. — Fred Brander
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