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2020 Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Riserva “Passolento”

La Marca di San Michele
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Passolento is aged in large wood casks rather than stainless steel and released a year later than Capovolto. This white Burgundy style of Verdicchio features full malolactic fermentation and is bottled unfiltered. Layers of ripe peaches seduce the senses, while the wine’s sublime texture and balance show off the technique and prowess of this producer. 

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Technical Information
Wine Type: white
Vintage: 2020
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Verdicchio
Appellation: Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi
Country: Italy
Region: Le Marche
Producer: La Marca di San Michele
Vineyard: Planted in 2001, 25 ha
Soil: Limestone, Clay
Aging: Ages in 10 hl Slavonian oak botti for 8 months
Farming: Organic (practicing)
Alcohol: 13.5%

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About The Region

Le Marche

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Le Marche’s reputation as a producer of fine wine is relatively recent, as the region is very much off the beaten path for tourists and tasters alike. And yet, early Etrsucan and Roman civilizations grew grapes here, a tradition that persists and continues to gain momentum in this undulating land where the Apennines descend to the Adriatic.

In between the warm coastline and the cool, rugged mountainous border with Umbria lies a landscape of calcareous rolling hills that provide ideal conditions for viticulture. The zingy, green-tinged, citrus- and pine-scented Verdicchio is king here, producing delightfully crisp whites that perfectly complement the fresh fish and seafood stews of the Adriatic, in addition to the pork-based dishes that are staples inland. Around the towns of Jesi and Matelica, the grape takes on an additional dimension and is even capable of significant aging under the right conditions.

While our involvement in the region is recent, the two producers we represent demonstrate that Le Marche is capable of producing whites of serious interest, which often come at great value.

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Trust the great winemakers, trust the great vineyards. Your wine merchant might even be trustworthy. In the long run, that vintage strip may be the least important guide to quality on your bottle of wine.—Kermit Lynch

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