24-05-2018

Cantine Belisario – La Roccaccia 2015

As is often the case, I can’t for the life of me remember where I picked up this bottle of Verdicchio but I can remember why. It was the simple reason that it’s a grape and wine which is a bit buzzy in sommelier circles these days. Someone tossing out the question, “What are some under-appreciated white wines?!!” will invariably have “Verdicchio!” as one of the answers shouted back at them.

If you find this wine, it will most likely be under the Verdicchio di Matelica or Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC as they’re the biggest producers although Matelica has more stringent yields so the wines are theoretically, “better”. That’s a generalization as the proof is always in the individual producers.

I can’t remember the last time I’d tried this but it’d been ages which is why I picked up this bottle to give a taste. It’s better than I remembered with a very clean, crisp wine that holds a good deal of additional character and at a price that’s even more palatable for a quality wine.

Do I swoon over its rediscovery? Not as much as most as while I enjoy the wine plenty, there are other white grapes that I think have more potential for greatness and are oft overlooked like say, Xarel·lo. But don’t get me wrong, Verdicchio is great and if you find yourself in a quandary over which white wine to try next, most definitely pick it up. Additionally, it has enough going on but is sufficiently balanced with super crisp, fresh acidity that both red and white drinkers can enjoy it.

La Roccaccia 2015
Medium lemon color. Bitter orange marmalde, lime blossom, white pear, white peach, acacia honey, light mineral chalky note. Bitter orange and lemon pith on the palate, high acidity, full mid palate and a medium plus finish. Fresh, lively and brilliant.
100% Verdicchio 12% 10€
**91