I’ve been rather busy the over the last days, so excuse me for not having written that much. Nevertheless, I tasted a few wines. I tried the 2012 Colle Stefano Verdicchio a couple of times and today I want to share my tasting notes with you. Just so you know, this is a 5/5 star wine!
Colle Stefano is an organic winery from Central Italy. The winery that is located in Matelica, which is part of the Marche region, has dedicated itself to the production of just one white wine. Their annual production of 80.000 bottles of Verdicchio di Matelica DOC is rather small. I have previously reviewed the 2011 vintage of the Colle Stefano Verdicchio di Matelica. Follow this link to read that review. The Verdicchio from Colle Stefano is a regular winner of the 3 glasses Gambero Rosso award.
Verdicchio is an autochthonous white grape that is mostly planted in the Marche region of Italy. The name of the grape literally translates to the “big green one”. It is said, that the name comes from the yellow-green color that wine from this grape tends to have. The grape is especially important for the production of Verdicchio di Castelli di Jesi DOCG and Verdicchio di Matelica DOC. Verdicchio can be found in more than 10 DOC wines. According to Jancis Robinson, Verdicchio is the 15th most-planted grape variety in the world. It is worth knowing, that there are more plantings of Verdicchio than of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Sangiovese.
The Best White Wine Of The Year
The 2012 Colle Stefano Verdicchio di Matelica DOC is produced with 100% hand-picked Verdicchio grapes. The Verdicchio aged in stainless steel tanks for a few months. In the glass, the wine had a pale yellow color with green hues. 13% was the label listed alcohol by volume. The harmonious bouquet was composed of intense aromas of pineapple, apple and lime. In the mouth, the Verdicchio from Colle Stefano was dry, refreshing, smooth and a little bit fruity. I tasted lots of minerals, too. The wine was well-balanced. Fantastic finale with a persistently long finish. The only problem with this wine is that after every sip you want to take another one! It is that good!
I do not rate many wines with 5 stars but the Verdicchio di Matelica from Colle Stefano completely convinced me. It is a joy to drink and the ideal summer wine. The wine retails in Munich for just 12€ but can be purchased for 7.50€ from the winery’s website. This might be the best quality-price ratio I have yet encountered. I strongly recommend that you give this wine a try. You cannot go wrong with it! It is quite incredible, that a 3 glasses Gambero Rosso winner sells for so little money! (previous vintages won the 3 glasses award, the 2012 vintage has not been rated yet since it was only released a few weeks ago. I am sure though that this one will get 3 glasses as well)
As always, if you tried the wine let me know how you liked it. I am already looking forward to my next glass of Colle Stefano Verdicchio di Matelica.
I have added the wine to my current top 10 where it replaced the 2011 vintage of the Colle Stefano Verdicchio.
This is the second white wine to achieve a 5/5 star rating on Vino in Love (the 2011 vintage scored 4.5/5). The only other white wine to score a 5/5 was the 2011 Saint Clair Family Estate Pioneer Block 1 Foundation Sauvignon Blanc.