IWR Regional Award for Marche
Winner: 2008 Belisario “Cambrugiano” Verdicchio di Matelica Riserva DOC
Wine-making in the Central Italian region of Marche really is focussed on the Verdicchio grape these days. Offering freshness and great value on the one hand (try Monte Shiavo’s “Coste del Molino” – here), on the other hand it is also a grape variety that can offer impressive complexity and propensity for bottle maturation (as is evidenced by wines such as Villa Bucci’s Verdicchio dei Castelli dei Jesi Classico Riserva – here).
Three Verdicchio in all attained top scores this year, although this total number of top scores owes as much to the very limited quantity of top quality Vedicchio that makes it to the UK as it does the impressive quality of these wines.
Monte Schiavo’s “Le Guincare” Verdicchio dei Castelli dei Jesi Riserva (here) is an elegant classic that has been known to The Independent Wine Review for many years, whilst Villa Bucci’s Verdicchio dei Castelli dei Jesi Classico Riserva offed a slightly richer and more oak influenced tone.
Overall award winner, Belisario’s “Cambrugiano” Verdicchio di Matelica Riserva (here) was new to The Independent Wine Review this year, but paired an impressive level of developmental complexity with a majestic sense of balance to claim the top prize.
Aside from the many Verdicchio tasted, production of red wine (which is primarily produced using the Montepulciano grape variety in Marche) seems to be declining. However, a few good bottles from the Rosso Piceno and Rosso Conero designations were tasted.