Grape(s): 100% Verdicchio
Localization: Marche, Italy
Tasting Notes: This low-yield Verdicchio is a hallmark of the varietal, with refreshing citrus fruits, playful acidity, and complex minerality. Made only with juice from a gentle half-press, it is precise and lovely, well-deserving of the storied Marchetti name.
Notes: Organically (non-certified) dry-farmed, grapes picked by hand. Aged for four months in steel tank followed by one month in bottle.
Food pairing: Charming with sushi, salmon, and raw fish. It matches very well with elaborated fish or white meat dishes, such as brodetto di Pesce (typical fish soup of our region), baked or grilled fish, even spicy food, chicken or rabbit “in potacchio” (typical local dish), and lamb fricassee. It is also very good with mushrooms, truffles and medium mature cheeses.
The Domain: Home to Napoleonic fortresses, beaches that lie hundreds of stairs down hillsides, and the azure waters of the Adriatic, the Riviera del Cònero enjoys nearly 3,000 hours of sun each year, mitigated by constant, salty breezes. On the outskirts of the region’s maritime capital, Ancona, Maurizio Marchetti lives and makes wine, right in the heart of the Rosso Cònero DOC.
Notably, Ancona is one of those unusual zones where the red grapes are grown proximate to the sea (in the shadow of Mount Conero) while the whites are produced slightly inland. As a result, Maurizio also makes the 25-minute commute to nearby Castelli di Jesi in order to make his pitch-perfect tiers of Verdicchio.
Winemaker Maurizio is the great-great grandson of an Italian spice trader whose many passions included wine and Chinese silks. Five generations later, Maurizio is now a master vintner like his father, the man who helped establish the Marche region’s prestigious Conero DOC. A doctor of agronomy, Maurizio Marchetti is part scientist in the cellar and part artist - or, more accurately, part dreamer and part mathematician! His wines, crafted near the Adriatic Sea, come from the mind of a true renaissance-style thinker.