Sunday, January 10, 2016

Wine Review: Sartarelli Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico 2013

January is White Wine Month on TheWineStalker.net!

Sartarelli Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico 2013

For reasons I'm sure you'd understand, the wine reviews released this month were written in November and had to be done rather quickly. So you can still expect some shenanigans but not to the extent that you may be used to from me. This'll be quick and painless. Okay, maybe not painless. But January is jam packed with white wine (except for one lonely red at the very end) so HAPPY WHITE WINE MONTH! (PS: most of them are Italian)

Verdicchio is a white grape that calls the Marche region of central Italy its home, and Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi is a DOC within Marche that specializes in Verdicchio. I've had some Verdicchio in my day that I wasn't impressed with and I've had some that were just good, but I've never had one stood out to me. Hopefully this will be the first.

If anybody could pull that off it's Sartarelli. Even though they're fairly new in comparison to their peers, they're a small winery and use old-school technology to produce Verdicchio with the reputation of being flavorful, complex and outstanding. Let's see how their 2013 Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico is, eh?

It's got a tall and sleek bottle with a classy minimalist front label. The S that's embossed on the neck of the label is cool. I'm usually a fan of that. The back label says it has a 13% ABV.

The color is straw yellow. On the nose there's nectarines, peaches, grass and minerality. The palate is bright and uplifting with nectarines, lemon-lime, yellow bell pepper, and slight spearmint all amidst an acidity that perks you up. The finish of nectarine, orange zest and peppermint is long. Like, crazy long.

I'm totally down for this Verdicchio at $14. It's balanced and smooth, illuminating and cheerful. And I really feel like it's a wine that needs to be shared with others because it's so uplifting, so bring it to a party or a dinner and raise some spirits. I genuinely enjoyed this Verdicchio and I recommend you pick up a bottle to see for yourself.

QUALITY VS PRICE RATING
Price: $14
Rating: 4/5 = Recommended (what does that mean?)

The bottle used was supplied free of charge by Baystate Wine & Spirits, and this was an unpaid review. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.

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