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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!
The winery sez:
White tempranillo variety is produced in small quantities in la Rioja Alta, what makes its wine exclusive and fashionable. Yellow with green sparks, great fruity and white flowers scents. Robust, structured and balanced over an interesting vegetal and mineral background.
We say this stuff is GOOD!!!! Bright flavors, accompanies seafood just fine but is glorious if you’re just sitting around watching movies or procrastinating about getting something done.
From green to straw-colored reflections; Aromas of peach and apricot that go over to delicately floral and citrusy flavors, Riesling is a constantly evolving wine. Minerality, balanced and rigorous palate – almost geometrically precise – and a surprisingly fresh and balanced acidity, are the constants on which the beautiful evolution of this Langa Riesling develops.
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