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Aristocratic Italian White: Conti Leopardi Verdicchio Classico 2011

Aristocratic Italian White: Conti Leopardi Verdicchio Classico 2011 | Wines and People |

Verdicchio is a crisp Italian white grape that makes wines with “considerable personality” (The World Atlas of Wine). You’ll find it in the Marche (pronounced “mar-kay”) region along the Adriatic coast. Unlike most Italian whites, it’s known for its ability to age, and the best offer a nutty, buttery complexity. Conti Leopardi, acclaimed at the 2011 International Wine & Spirit Competition, was crafted by a noble family who have made wine in the Marche since 1500.

If you're into literature, you may have heard of the Leopardi family — their ancestor Giacomo, a 19th century poet, is as important to the Italians as Shakespeare is to the English-speaking world. Today, the family is just as proud of their reputation for excellent wines. In fact, it wasn’t hard to persuade the present-day Count Leopardi, Pierfrancesco, to grant our customers access to the family’s pride-and-joy Verdicchio.
The Leopardi's vineyards are located more than 1,100 feet above sea level, where brilliant sunshine, the cooling influence from the Adriatic and low-yielding ancient vines produce aromatic, intensely flavored Verdicchio grapes. Thanks to its proximity to the sea, the Marche is a top spot for fresh seafood. So locally, this elegant white — with notes of citrus, minerals, almonds and fresh herbs (which will also develop a subtle nuttiness over time) — would be enjoyed with simple grilled white fish, shrimp or calamari.

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Wines and People
The Le Marche region has a lot to offer to wine lovers. There are 5 DOCG wines and 16 DOC wines. From the prestigious and famous Verdicchio, to the Vernaccia di Serrapetrona, from the Offida Pecorino to the Offida Passerina. Also: Bianchello del Metauro, Colli Maceratesi, Colli Pesaresi, Esino, Falerio dei Colli Ascolani, I Terreni di Sanseverino, Lacrima di Morro d'Alba, Rosso Conero, Pergola, Rosso Piceno, San Ginesio Many of these wines are little known outside of Italy but visitors to the region have a pleasant surprise when they try the local wine produced by many small aziendas and cantinas.
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