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REGION: Marche, Italy
INFO: The Bucci family has been growing grapes in the Marche since the 1700s. Current custodian, Ampelio Bucci has 26 hectares of vineyard on this 400 hectare estate, which is cultivated organically. Of these, 21 hectares are Verdicchio, spread over six separate vineyards. The old vines and low yields give wines of great intensity. Consultant winemaker at Villa Bucci is the legendary enologist Giorgio Grai, who has been there for nearly 30 years. He makes wines for ageing and complexity rather than freshness and simplicity. Yields are kept low and vineyard management is certified organic
Grapes were hand picked and selected in the vineyard. Once arrived at the winery, they were soft-pressed and the free-run juice was fermented at controlled temperatures. The wine was then aged in old oak barrels between 50 and 75 hectolitres in size for four months. Different vineyard parcels were vinified separately then carefully blended before bottling.
Deep straw yellow in colour, this wine has a layered bouquet with notes of Golden Delicious apples, almonds and Mediterranean herbs. The palate is complex with a silky texture and good body. A refreshing mineral edge contrasts with the ripe, round flavours of wildflower and honey.