Umani Ronchi CaSal di Serra Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC Classico Superiore 2022 (Email Sale, Arrives 6/26)

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Alcohol: 13%

Grape(s): 100% Verdicchio

Localization: Marche, Italy

Tasting Notes: Straw yellow color with golden hints, to the nose it shows intense and persistent perfumes of wild flowers and aromas of yellow pulp fruit such as peach, apricot and golden apple. To the palate it’s rich and velvety with a good dose of freshness and sapidity to balance the great softness. Dry finish, persistent and intensely fruity.

93 points “EDITORS’ CHOICE: This Verdicchio is a flower shop in a bottle with elegant aromas of mixed flowers, green herbs, lemon oil, and white gravel. A wine that is as much of a feeling as it is tasty, with an amazing texture that hugs the palate with a pleasant pithy bitterness and sea-salty finish. Drink now–2035. 93 points.” –Jeff Porter, Wine Enthusiast, Apr 2024

Notes: The harvest is carried out by hand and normally takes place in the period from the end of September to the first ten days of October. Particular attention is paid to determining the right moment for the harvest, which must coincide with reaching the best balance between sugar content, phenolic ripening and acidity. 

After a light pressing, the prime must is rapidly cooled and then goes through static decantation. For several years, some of the grapes destined for Casal di Serra are vinified using the “cold‐soak” technique, a process which favours and optimises extraction of the varietal character. Fermentation, in steel tanks temperature‐controlled to between 16° and 18°C, takes 10‐15 days. The wine does not undergo a malolactic fermentation, and ages in steel for about 5 months in contact with its own yeasts. It is bottled at the end of April and then rests again in bottle for several months.

Food pairing: Ideal with fish dishes, oven-cooked or grilled, roast white meat and fresh cheeses.

The Domain: The Umani Ronchi story is one of ancient vines, land, and people. It began more than half a century ago at Cuprmontana, in the ehart of Verdicchio Classico country, and has spread further. Today, Umani Ronchi is owned by the Bianchi-Bernetti family, who since 1959 have been making superb quality craft wines, coaxing the best out of the Verdicchio and Montepulciano grapes that find their finest expression in the Marche and Abruzzo regions. For over ten years, Umani Ronchi has been a member of the Istituto del Vino di Qualità - Grandi Marchi, which unites over nineteen of Italy’s greatest wine brands. Umani Ronchi continues to be family-run with Michele Bernetti at the helm, and his father, Massimo, acting as chair.

The vineyards, which are between eight and thirty years old and trained on the Guyot system, are situated on the band of hillside between 200 and 350 meters above sea level, on opposite sides of the Esino valley. The soils go back to pleiocene‐pleistocene formations, and are characterised by being very deep, medium‐calcareous clay loams. The yield of the vineyards never exceeds 7 tons per hectare.