From vineyards in the green, gently rolling hills of the Marche cooled by the maritime influence of the Adriatic Sea, this charming Verdicchio has been a customer favorite since our first vintage back in 2015, and not simply because of its affordability. It’s a do-everything white perfectly poised between richness and refreshment, with a pleasing, peachy viscosity countered by a crisp, herbal finish. Light enough to pair with salads, but substantial enough to accompany pan-seared salmon or a simple roast chicken.
The vineyards of Colleleva (Colle “hill”, and si leva, “rises”) lie on the heights of the Marche: about halfway between the Apennine mountains and the coastline of the Adriatic Sea. The combination of eastern sun exposure and the cooling winds from the Adriatic provide an optimal microclimate for balancing ripeness with fresh acidity in the grapes. Verdicchio, also known as Trebbiano di Soave, has been cultivated in the Marche for many centuries. It is capable of making vibrantly fresh and crisp white wines that are a wonderful accompaniment to seafood. The Riserva bottlings can age gracefully. From Colleleva we have a wine in the former camp. During a tasting trip in the Marche, their stainless steel tank vinified Verdicchio was one of the stars among many, many wines tasted. The perfume is entrancing—at once fresh and rounded, and typical of the grape. There is absolutely no pretension.
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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