(2017) The grape here is Bianchello (stockist The Daily Drinker never ceases to surprise me with new varieties). Though some authorities say it is a local Marche synonym for Trebbiano, others disagree confident that it is a variety all of its own. It has quite a deep greeny-gold colour, and quite a waxy, attractive nose suggesting waxy lime skins and apple peel, and a tiny floral note. On the palate it is full-textured and full flavoured, a really nice bitter almond bite to the finish, and a white wine with a bit of substance.
(2015) Tesco's recent press tasting majored on wines that had been rounded down in price to nice even .00 and .50 prices. They also showed a lot of wines in the sub-six pound category, of which this was one of my favourites: snappy and fresh with an apple core dryness though relatively neutral, softly herbaceous and vegetal notes begin to add some complexity and then the sweetness of the fruit emerges on the palate, with a tangy finish that is very appealing as a general purpose house white.
(2011) Freshnes and the decisive acidity marrying with a hint of honey and wild flowers. Bargain.
(2006) Lightly herbal with a touch of nettle and some oatmeal notes. The palate has lots of vivacious, racy lemon fruit that has zesty acidity and finishes very fresh. Needs some seafood.
(2003) The mineral rich soils are said to make the Verdicchis of Matelica quite different from those in the better-known Castelli de Jesi. This has an appealing pale gold colour, and a nose that suggests oatmeal, straw and nuts and a little honey, along with fine apple fruit and, yes, a touch of minerality. On the palate it is quite rich-textured, with a crisp, clean fruit quality of apple and underripe melon, and plenty of racy acidity. This has a lovely sense of elegance and class, with whistle clean fruit and that herb and nut character pushing through into a long finish.
(2002) Quite elegant nose of velvety fruit, some blackcurrant and a touch of bittersweet dark chocolate. Quite dense and chunky, this has plenty of stuffing and character, and though only moderately long, has balance and great appeal.
(2001) Bright, sweet nose with confectionery hints and bright, citrussy fruit. Plate displays a gentle nuttiness that add some complexity to ripe fruit. Restrained and cool in style, but drinking well.
(1999) 100% Montepulciano, this is a very dark ruby red, pink on rim. Classy nose: cedar, oak, with dark notes of game, leather and roasted fruits. Concentrated and rich on the palate. Weighty with plenty of grip, but silky-smooth. Quite claret-like flavours of ripe berry and cherry fruit, leather, and pepper. Some dark, animal notes too and mouth-coating tannins. Long, very pure and well-balanced. Lovely composed quality.