24 Aug Please The Palate Wine of the Week: Tenuta di Tavignano 2020 “Misco” Verdiccho Castelli di Jesi Classico Rieserva, Marche, Italy
Verdicchio is an Italian white wine grape grown primarily in the Marche region in central Italy. One of the most famous appellations within the Marche is Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC. And this is where the Tenuta di Tavignano 2020 “Misco” Verdiccho Castelli di Jesi Classico Rieserva, Marche, Italy, the Please The Palate wine of the week is from.
Tenuta di Tavignano is a 230 hectare (570-acre estate) in the countryside of Cingoli in the Marche. Tenuta di Tavignano was acquired in 1973 by Stefano Aymerich di Laconi, of Sardinian and Spanish origins, and by his wife Beatrice Lucangeli, descendant of a family from Marche with an ancient tradition in the production of wine.
The name Verdicchio comes from the word “verde”, which means “green”, referring to the slight green/yellow hue that wines made from the grape can have. The 2017 Verdicchio Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore Riserva Misco is made from 100% Verdicchio sourced from 3 hectares of the Misco vineyard west of Ancona, 20 miles from Adriatic sea. The grapes are hand-harvested, fermented in stainless steel, and aged for 12 months on the fine lees with no battonage. The wine then spends 18 additional months in the bottles before release.
Even with five years age on it, the 2017 Verdicchio Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore Riserva Misco is very vibrant and fresh on the nose with floral, apple, stone fruit, citrus, and almond notes. There is an oily texture on the palate that is balanced by the energetic acidity. The wine has a lovely minerality on the finish, as well as chamomile tea notes.